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Nature’s Powerhouse Interpretive Centre

Cooktown Botanic Gardens, Finch Bay Rd, Cooktown, QLD 4895
Postal address
PO Box 875, Cooktown, QLD 4895
Opening hours
Easter to 31st August: Daily 9am-4.30pm; 1st September to 31st October: Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30 pm & Closed on Sundays; 1st November to Easter: Mon-Fri 10.30am-2.30pm, Sat 11am–2.30pm & Closed on Sundays
Donation appreciated.

Nature’s Powerhouse is an innovative building located in the beautiful, heritage listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens and includes the Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula Visitor Information Centre, Vera’s café, a gift shop, Charles Tanner Gallery and the Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery.

The Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula Visitor Information Centre is the most northerly accredited visitor information centre on the east coast and provides comprehensive visitor information 7 days a week. 

The Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery displays the only collection of original botanical illustrations of flora from the region. Many plants can be found in the adjoining Botanic Gardens. 

The Charles Tanner Wildlife of Cooktown Display offers visitors a close look at some of Cape York Peninsula’s more notorious reptiles along with specimens of birds and butterflies. 

Nature’s Powerhouse also hosts a wide range of community events and activities including concerts, nature presentations, educational programs and walking trails and tours in the Botanic Gardens.


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122 Gerler Road
Hendra QLD 4011

t: (07) 3059 9740 / Freecall within QLD: 1800 866 101

ABN: 32 109 874 811
ACN: 109 874 811

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