Cranbrook Rainforest Gardens

Gardens in Priory

This vast botanical garden run by Chukka Cove Farm is a treat, crafted in the lush valley that carves up into the hills south of Laughlands, about 5km west of Priory. The garden is built around a colonial-era building and includes theme gardens, a hothouse orchid display, pools, and lush lawns (with croquet) fringed by banks of anthuriums and other tropical flowers.

Nature walks lead to the river, reflecting giant tree ferns, spectacular torch ginger, heliconia and other exotic species, and there are perfect spots for picnicking. If you need more adrenaline, get above the flowers with a zip-line tour.