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Botan­i­cal gar­dens

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LAE NA­TIONAL BOTANIC GAR­DENS, PNG

Since their cre­ation in 1949, Lae’s Na­tional Botanic Gar­dens have func­tioned as a cen­tre of botan­i­cal re­search, con­ser­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion, and are look­ing bet­ter than ever fol­low­ing a re­gen­er­a­tion and reopen­ing in 2015. As a vis­i­tor you can stroll through this peace­ful green patch of rain­for­est and grass­land pep­pered with huge, vine-cloaked trees, meet­ing bright ex­otic birds, but­ter­flies and rep­tiles along the way.

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In­side the gar­dens you’ll find an RAAF DC-3 plane dat­ing back to 1945, a re­minder of Pa­pua New Guinea’s place in World War 2 his­tory.

DON’T MISS GAR­DENS BY THE BAY, SIN­GA­PORE

Step­ping into Sin­ga­pore’s iconic 101-hectare Gar­dens by the Bay feels like en­ter­ing a scene from James Cameron’s film Avatar. The first thing you’ll no­tice are the 18 steel Su­pertrees, rang­ing from 25 to 50 me­tres high, then the two glass con­ser­va­to­ries pop­ping out from the fo­liage like a pair of giant me­chan­i­cal tur­tles. A 22-me­tre-high aerial walk­way weaves through the Su­pertrees and, of course, hun­dreds of thou­sands of plants. The hor­ti­cul­tural team trav­elled to ev­ery con­ti­nent ex­cept Antarc­tica to source plants.

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Make sure you visit the Flower Dome, the largest glass green­house in the world ac­cord­ing to the Guin­ness World Records, which houses an ever-chang­ing flo­ral dis­play in­clud­ing tulips, or­chids and blos­soms.

DON’T MISS MALENY BOTANIC GAR­DENS AND BIRD WORLD, QUEENS­LAND, AUS­TRALIA

Once a rough cat­tle-graz­ing prop­erty, this piece of land was con­verted into the mas­ter­piece it is to­day by a South African for­mer en­gi­neer named Frank Shipp. Set high on an es­carp­ment over­look­ing the mag­nif­i­cent Glass House Moun­tains, here you’ll find over six hectares of lay­ered land­scaped gar­dens and rain­for­est. There are water­falls, ponds and vi­brant flow­ers dot­ted through­out, and six kilo­me­tres of walk­ing paths to ex­plore. About a 90-minute drive from Bris­bane.

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Gar­dens by the Bay … like step­ping into a scene from the sci­ence fic­tion fan­tasy movie Avatar.

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