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The Botanic Gardens is well known as a location for weddings and ceremonies as it provides the perfect backdrop and a luxurious and lush ambience. Why not enquire about holding your reception or party at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant/Cafe?

We can tailor food and beverage packages to suit any sized occasion and look forward to helping you make your event memorable.

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Cairns Botanic Gardens Menu

About our Functions

Set in the heart of the world famous Flecker Botanic Gardens, Botanic Gardens Restaurant is renowned for its superb location, atmosphere and of course fine food & service.

Creating a magical setting as the foundation for a perfect wedding or a private dinner, we have successfully achieved a balance of ambience, privacy and romance.

Your host, Kimara Timms, who is a qualified chef, and her professional team draw on her own personal experience and knowledge to help plan the perfect function from a wedding reception, private dinner, surprise birthday party, anniversaries, funerals, corporate meetings, cocktail party, fundraiser and catering. Or why not choose from our theme functions.

High Tea, Chill Factor, Spiced Nights or even a Black Tie Event.

Kimara knows that flexibility and attention to detail makes a function run smoothly. For complete confidence that your event will be just perfect a a visit to discuss your plans is essentials.

The courtyard garden area is the ideal setting for a more informal gathering or for your guests to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, before moving into the undercover restaurant, surrounded by lush tropical gardens (seating for up to 110 guests)

Stand up Function

50 guests min, 180 guests max for stand-up function


Canape Selection 1

Mini Filos (Creamy Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom)

Homemade Spicy Meat Balls

Assorted Vegetarian Quiches (Tomato Feta Basil, Asparagus Blue Cheese, Mushroom & Chives)

Steamed Cuttle Fish Balls with Nam Jim Sauce

Devilled Eggs

Old-fashioned Toothpicks filled with Chef’s Delights

Cherry Tomatos filled with Pesto

Mini Melbas with Chicken Liver Pate

Turkey, Cranberry & Avocado Pinwheel

Smoked Salmon Blinis

Mini Prawn Cups Cocktail Style



Canape Selection 2

 (Tea & Coffee included)

3 Assorted Dips (Fetta Pesto, Tapenade Kalamata, Herbed Tuna Mayo) served with Vegetables and Croutes

Vietnamese Chicken Rice Paper Rolls with Chilli Soy Dipping Sauce (Chicken, Asian Veggies wrapped in rice paper)

Tasmanian Fresh Oysters shucked and topped with Salmon Caviar OR Bloody Marry Oyster Shots

Mini Bruschetta (Vine ripened Tomatos, fresh Basil)

Vegetarian Frittata served with minted Yoghurt Dressing (Seasonal Veggies herbed and baked, chilled)

Blinis with Salami & Garlic Aioli (Mildly spiced Salami folded with garlic aioli on blinis)

Botanic Gardens Spicy Beef Meat Balls

Mini Chicken Filo (Creamy Chicken, Mushroom & Spinach)

Seared Tasmanian Lime Scallops (Marinated in lime, white wine & fine herbs)

Baby Filet Mignons with Béarnaise Sauce (Seared Tableland Eye Fillet wrapped in Bacon)

Spinach, Mushroom & Ricotta Parcels topped with fruit chutney (Creamy Mixture baked in puff pastry)


Sit Down Functions


Hors D’oeuvres 

Chef’s Choice



Soup – Chef’s Choice served with oven baked dinner roll

Moroccan Carrot Salad with green olives and fresh mint from our own herb garden

Tiger Prawn Salad with avocado salsa on crisp salad greens with our own spicy lime dressing

Tasmanian Oyster Trio – spicy tomato salsa, natural, thai style

Pan Seared Chicken Tenderloin in a creamy seeded mustard sauce on rice pilaf

Pesto Lamb Cutlet oven baked on root vegetables



The Main Fair

Sweet Potato and Sage Risotto topped with shaved parmesan

Cajun Reef Fish oven baked with cucumber greek style yoghurt

Chicken Breast pocketed with camembert wrapped in bacon

Tableland Beef Fillet rare roasted with a pepper glaze

Corned Beef slow cooked served with white parsley sauce

Satay Pork Medallions grilled then splashed with Satay Sauce

All Mains are served with fresh Tablelands vegetables…



Kimmy’s famous Kaffir Lime Tart

Steamed Chocolate & Macadamia Pudding drizzled with Bailey’s Irish Cream

Botanic Gardens Cheese Plate – a selection of Tasmanian cheeses served with bakers chips

Botanic Gardens Fruit Plate served with a variety of seasonal fruits

Canape Selection 1 – $ 45 per person

Canape Selection 2 – $ 75 per person


Menu Costing for Sit down function


  • $95 – Choice of: 1 Soup, 2 Main Fair, 1 Dessert, Tea/Coffee
  • $120 – Choice of : 2 Entree, 2 Main Fair, 2 Desserts, Tea/Coffee
  • $160 – Choice of: Pre-Dinner Nibbles, 3 Entrees, Sorbet, 3 Main Fair, 2 Dessert, Tea/Coffee, 1 Cheese Plate per Table


Pre-selected from menu choices (Alternate Plate Drop applies to all meals except Bridal table)

All Costings include: Venue Hire (exclusive use), Staff, Linen Tablecloths & Napkins, Personalized Menus


  1. Final numbers are required 7days prior to function.
  2. A 20% Deposit is required at time of booking. An additional 20% cancellation fee applies.
  3. Functions have a time limit of:-
    i.     5 hours for sit down (min 50 adults)
    ii.     3 hours for stand up (min 50 people)
  4. Functions may start from 6pm. (regular day trading ceases at 4.30pm)
  5. Extensions to function time will be charged at $600 per hour.
  6. Liquor license is until 12 midnight.
  7. No confetti is permitted in the gardens or restaurant.
    1. A cleaning fee will apply if confetti or rice is used.
  8. The Management will not accept responsibility for any loss or damages to goods or other property left on premises prior to, during or after a function, although every care will be taken.
  9. Entertainment can be discussed with management at time of booking.
  10. Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday functions incur a 15% surcharge.
  11. Cash, credit card or cheque accepted – balance due at end of function.
  12. All breakages or damages must be paid for.
  13. Menu & prices are subject to change without notice.
  14. Botanic Gardens Restaurant is fully licensed and under licensing laws. Alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the licensed area.
  15. We are a non-smoking venue.

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Cairns Botanic Gardens Menu