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Looking over the lotus. Friendship Garden, Cairns. © Bronwen Scott.

In the Friendship Garden

Peace by the water’s edge

On a hot day — and most of the days in Cairns are hot, especially at this time of the year — it is pleasant to be by water. At Centenary Lakes, you have a choice of mangrove thicket along a tidal channel or a lily-covered lagoon. The mangroves have their charm, but they also have mosquitoes, so when I visited a few days ago, I opted for the freshwater lake.




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Bronwen Scott

Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website:

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