Well! There’s a new word for the vocabulary. 'Palmetum'. Probably won’t get to casually drop it too much in conversation unless, of course, I’m waxing lyrical about the Townsville Palmetum. By definition a palmetum is a collection of palms not growing in their usual habitat – and if you have more than one palmetum, the plural is ‘palmeta’.
The Townsville Palmetum was a bicentennial project (1988) and since then it has grown and matured to be a delightful, exotic addition to the city. Spread over 17 hectares there are some 360 species of palm trees from around the planet, making it one of the largest and diverse collections of palms in the world.
It is simply a lovely, relaxing place to visit – as well as the myriad palms there are expansive lawns and water features that are home to numerous bird species (you may also see flying foxes and turtles). There is the lagoon and a number of scenic walks - large mango trees shade the rainforest walk. There are public conveniences, as well as a restaurant and tea rooms. The gardens are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. Here is a link to the Palmetum section on the Townsville City Council website.
If you are visiting Townsville, Rydges Southbank can look after all your accommodation needs.