Community Gardens

Mayi Tjulbin Ma Bugarra in Cairns

We thank the Djabugay traditional owners for giving our garden its Indigenous name Mayi Tjulbin Ma Bugarra, which means 'food and fruits, vegetables, trees and berries from the rainforest'.

If you'd like to help garden, please email the TropEco team at for an introduction to the site and the responsibilities of all garden users. Please wear enclosed shoes, sun-protective clothing, sunscreen, insect repellent and bring water when you visit.

Find out what's happening at the garden through the JCU Community of Gardeners or TropEco Facebook pages.

CG Movie night Cairns2017

Join the JCU Community of Gardeners Club

Become a member of the Community of Gardeners, which is supported by the JCU Student Association. To find out more visit the Club's Facebook page or email

Come to an event

TropEco and the Community of Gardeners Club hold regular events at the garden throughout semester time. Come and join us at one of our workshops, planting days, BBQs, picnics, harvest parties or film nights.

Events at the garden are a great way to meet new people and have fun. Check out the Community of Gardeners Facebook page to find out what's coming up.

Edible Gardens in Townsville

Rotary community garden.

The Townsville campus supports a thriving community garden at the Rotary International College, which is available to all JCU students, staff and alumni. The garden showcases a large diversity of tropical and subtropical trees and crops, managed by TropEco in partnership with student clubs.

Using compost derived from JCU food and green waste, the garden is managed organically without the use of synthetic fertilisers.

people in the edible garden.

Pest insects are managed with biological controls including lady beetles and particular wasp species which target caterpillars. As a result, you'll find a a wide range of bush tucker from all over Queensland here.

Visit and volunteer

You're welcome to visit the garden, provided you follow a few simple rules:

  • Keep the gate shut to prevent nearby wallabies getting in
  • Please be respectful of other gardeners and only take what you have grown, leaving plenty for others
  • Wear enclosed shoes, sun-protective clothing and take any rubbish or hazardous materials with you when you leave.

Garden Site Conduct

The Community Garden Operational Guidelines (PDF, 738 KB) document provides guidance for using and managing these gardens responsibly.

Visitors must comply with the rules, procedures and processes outlined in these guidelines at all times.