the botanic


Botanic Gardens Restaurant/Cafe proudly cooks all food fresh on the premises to guarantee that your dining experience is filling, healthy and satisfying!

Choose from a myriad of waffles, that are world famous!

Death by Chocolate, banana with homemade hot caramel sauce, rocky road, fresh strawberry or fresh seasonal fruit salad, all stacked with fresh whipped cream and vanilla ice-cream. The options are endless as you enjoy this world class treat in the lush surrounds of the gardens.

Cairns Waffles at Botanic Cafe
Cairns Botanic Gardens Menu

Breakfast – 7am to 11:30am, 7 Days

We only use farm fresh eggs from happy chickens and pride ourselves in only using Australian products.

Helen’s homemade oven-baked banana and coconut leaf with vanilla bean butter 6.90

Cassie’s chunky homemade raisin toast, hot and buttered with strawberry jam 5.90

Jed’s extra thick wholemeal toast, buttered and with your choice of jams, vegemite, butter and honey 5.20

Olivia’s oven baked croissant with butter and strawberry jam. 5.90

Keith’s oven baked croissant with champagne ham, vine ripened tomatoes and Swiss cheese. 7.50

Heather’s homemade muffin of the day, warmed and served with butter. 5.20

Friedal’s farm fresh poached eggs on extra thick hot buttered wholemeal toast. 10.90

Nev’s scrambled farm fresh eggs cooked with fine herbs on extra thick hot buttered wholemeal toast. 12.90
with Tasmanian smoked salmon. 18.90

Brooke’s Botanic breakfast bruschetta, avocado salsa, fresh tomato and poached eggs with crumbled marinated feta on toasted ciabatta bread. 17.90

Eddy’s grilled bacon and tomato with poached eggs and spinach on extra thick, hot buttered wholemeal toast. 16.90

Sonya’s breakfast focaccia with bacon, swiss cheese, fried eggs and sweet chilli sauce. 16.90

Crowie’s grilled bacon, poached eggs and banana waffle drizzled with maple syrup. 17.90

The FNQ big breakfast – grilled rib-eye breakfast steak, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans and eggs on chunky hot buttered toast. 25.90

Eggs Benedict

Kimmy’s famous eggs Benedict with homemade lime Hollandaise sauce, made with lots of love cause we can!!

Stuart’s grilled field mushrooms with poached eggs and baby spinach served on toasted sourdough Vienna bread. 17.90

Terry’s grilled champagne ham with poached eggs, and baby spinach served on toasted sourdough Vienna bread. 17.90

Russell’s grilled bacon with poached eggs and baby spinach served on toasted sourdough Vienna bread. 17.90

Tyler’s Tasmanian smoked salmon with poached eggs and baby spinach with baby capers served on toasted sourdough Vienna bread. 19.90


Mushrooms, tomato, bacon, baby spinach, baked beans, eggs, Kimmy’s Lime Hollandaise sauce, sautéed baby potatoes. 3.50

Sausages. 4.00

Tasmanian smoked salmon, rib-eye steak. 6.00

Gluten free bread. 2.00

All meals are available on gluten free bread.


Our weekend & public holidays menu is available here.

Lunch – 11:30 to 3:30pm, 7 Days

Chef’s Specials

Homemade soup of the day with a crusty bread roll. 10.90

Roasted baguette with olive oil & balsamic vinegar. 8.90

Bruschetta of the day on hot toasted ciabatta bread. 8.90

Pasta of the day topped with fresh shaved parmesan. 17.90

Quiche of the day, oven baked puff pastry served with fresh garden salad. 15.90

The Botanic Gardens Filo – filled with roasted chicken, creamy button mushrooms, spinach & served on a fresh garden salad with homemade mango chutney. 17.90

Oven Baked Catch of the Day served with Kimmy’s own lime Hollandaise sauce on a fresh garden salad. 24.90

Chef’s Pate – homemade chicken liver, orange, bacon & Cointreau served with oven baked crusty baguette & a fresh garden salad. 15.90


Focaccias -Served Toasted with Fresh Salad

Champagne Ham, swiss cheese & tomato. 14.90

Roasted Chicken, asparagus & swiss cheese. 14.90

Vegetarian – feta pesto, sundried tomato & swiss cheese. 14.90

Tuna, onion, parsley with creamy mayonnaise & swiss cheese. 14.90

Tasmanian Smoked Salmon with dill cream cheese & baby capers. 16.90

All available on gluten free bread. 2.00


Our weekend & public holidays menu is available here.

Botanic Salads

Roasted Chicken & Macadamia Nut Salad with our spicy lime dressing. 17.90

Greek Salad with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, marinated feta with our homemade apple balsamic dressing. 16.90

Spicy Cajun Calamari Salad- pan seared and served with crisp salad greens. 21.90

Jacko’s Tasmanian Smoked Salmon with homemade creamy dill mayo and baby capers. 21.90

Prawn Avocado Salad – Tiger prawns with avocado salsa on crisp salad greens with our own spicy lime dressing. 24.90

Maple Roasted Pumpkin, baby beetroot marinated feta and egg, splashed with homemade apple balsamic dressing. 16.90

Traditional Botanic Caesar Salad with marinated eggs 17.90 with roasted chicken 20.90


Our weekend & public holidays menu is available here.


Botanic Gardens Signature Dish.. So Waffle On! All Served with fresh whipped cream and ice cream.

Daily made seasonal fruit salad with maple syrup on the side. 15.90

Banana drowned with our own hot caramel sauce. 15.90

Death by chocolate, chocolate buttons and chocolate sauce. 15.90

Fresh strawberries (when in season) with maple syrup on the side. 15.90

Sweet Temptations

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad with ice cream or yogurt & honey 10.90

Sticky Date & Walnut Cake with hot caramel sauce & fresh whipped cream. 9.90

Jessica’s Pavlova with seasonal, daily made fruit salad, passion fruit, ice cream and cream. 10.90

Traditional Devonshire Tea – a large fluffy scone with jam & cream with your choice of coffee or tea. 8.90

Gabby’s Chocolate Mudcake served warm with vanilla ice-cream. 9.90

Banana Split – fresh banana, ice-cream, cream & chocolate sauce. 9.90

Mum’s Spicy Apple cake served warm with vanilla custard and ice-cream. 10.90


Our weekend & public holidays menu is available here.

Hot Drinks

Cappuccino, Flat White, Cafe Latte, Vienna, Short/Long Black, Short/Long Macchiato, Mocha, Hot Chocolate 4.00

Baby Cappuccino (for toddlers) 2.00

Soy / Decaf / Mug / Honey / Double Shot extra 1.00 All available in a bowl extra 3.00

Daintree Tea, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Peppermint, Black, Chai, Green, Chamomile 4.00


Cold Drinks

Tropical Fruit Smoothie, Mango Smoothie & Banana Smoothie 6.90

Iced Earl Grey Tea with lemon 3.50

Iced Coffee/Iced Chocolate layered with ice-cream & cream 6.90

Milkshakes – banana, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, lime, real coffee 4.60

Juice – orange, mango, apple, tomato, pineapple, apple & blackcurrant, cranberry 3.60

San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water 250ml 4.00, 500ml 6.00

Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta, Lift, Ginger Beer, Soda water, Tonic water, Lemon Lime & Bitters 4.00

Powerade / Pump Water 4.50

Spring Water 3.00

Coconut Water. 4.50



Seppeltsfield Para – full bodied, rich and luscious with concentrated lingering flavors 7.00



VB, XXXX Gold, Cascade Light, Midstrength, Boags Premium, Boags Premium Light 6.50

Crown Lager, Cascade Premium, Corona 8.00



Vodka, Jim Beam, Bundy Rum, Johnnie Walker Red Label, Gin, Baileys, Kahlua with mixers 6.50



Byron’s Spicy Bloody Mary 10.90

Botanic Blush – cranberry juice, vodka, cointreau and fresh lime  11.90

Garden Breeze – pineapple juice, orange juice, gin, vodka and passionfruit 11.90



Dunes & Greene Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV Piccolo 200ml / regional 8.00
This Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend imparts delicate aromas of lemon zest, fresh strawberries and cream.

Rymill Coonawarra Brut NV / South Australia 46.00
citrus fruits and apples linger with hints of pear and freshly baked brioche

Louis Bouillot Grand Reserve NV / Burgundy 55.00
Flavours of vanilla, almond, taosted bread appear successfully


White Wines

Chaffey Bros Not Your Grandmas Riesling / eden valley, sa 8.50 glass /  38.00 bottle
Great length of palate with the soft refreshening acidity balancing the intensity of fruit and providing the backbone

Yalumba Organic Chardonnay / south australia 7.00 glass /  30.00 bottle
Distinct flavours starting with stone fruits and hints of lemon rind, leading to a creamy custard apple finish.

Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon / margaret river, wa 8.50 glass / 42.00 bottle
A distinctive, textural mid-palate and finely threaded oak spice provides additional structure and character.

Bleasdale Pott’s Catch Verdelho / langhorne creek, sa 7.00 glass / 33.00 bottle
A crisp white wine with great perfume and fruit salad flavours.

Hill-Smith Estate Sauvignon Blanc / eden valley, sa 7.50 36.00
Passion fruit and cut grass flavours drive the textured palate.

Opawa Sauvignon Blanc / marlborough, nz 7.50 glass / 36.00 bottle
The palate is crisp and dry full of up front lime flavours with a soft juicy mouthwatering finish.

Redbank Sunday Morning Pinot Gris / king valley, vic 8.50 glass /  38.00 bottle
Lunchtime favourite of the owner.

Opawa Pinot Gris / NZ 7.50 glass / 36.00 bottle

Ripe lemons and spiced flavours concentrated crisp finish


Red Wines

Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz / barossa valley, sa 8.50 glass /  38.00 bottle
Satin textured dark mulberry and plum fruit appears with a succulent jazzy acidity lifting the gravelly fruit.

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot / margaret river, wa 8.50 glass / 38.00 bottle
Juicy acidity combines with dusty, textural tannins to bring the palate to a long, dry and earthy finish.

Pirie Estate Pinot Noir / tasmania 8.50 glass / 38.00 bottle
Sweet flavoured mid palate with very supple tannin and gentle acidity.



100% Australian Apple & Pear

The Hills Cider Co. Apple Cider / adelaide hills, sa 6.00
The Hills Cider Co. Pear Cider / adelaide hills, sa 6.00


Our weekend & public holidays menu is available here.

Cairns Botanic Gardens Menu