Kangaroo paws, Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Parks & gardens

See for yourself exactly why Victoria is the Garden State – inspiring, bold and distinctly Australian, the state's parks and gardens leave a deep, lasting impact on visitors.

Botanical highlights
Victoria is home to a seemingly endless list of modern and heritage gardens. Explore the 15-hectare Australian Garden within the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. Mixing art, architecture, and innovative design and based on the story of water throughout the nation, the Australian Garden will completely absorb you in the Australian landscape.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is a 45-minute drive from Melbourne and easily included in the South East Touring Triangle.

Spectacularly different to the Cranbourne gardens is the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. A stone's throw from the city centre, the gardens form a critical part of Melbourne's culture and identity. The gardens buzz during the summer months with theatre performances, exhibitions and the highly popular Moonlight Cinema.

The Garden State
Venture into Victoria's regions to take in unmissable green spaces, like the William Ricketts Sanctuary. Tucked into the Dandenong Ranges, an hour from Melbourne, the sanctuary's tranquil forest hides hauntingly beautiful ceramic sculptures of Aboriginal figures and native animals.

Indulge your love of gardens and nature in the Mornington Peninsula. Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Peninsula boasts a wide range of parks and gardens. Explore the heritage horticulture in Heronswood Estate, and get lost and found in Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, home to Australia's oldest and most famous hedge maze plus 25 acres of stunning gardens.

Highlights

Australian Garden

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

Discover the astonishing beauty of 170,000-plus individual native plants in settings that capture the essence of Australia's diverse landscape.

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Ornamental Lake at RBG Melbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens

Breathe deep and fill your lungs with the goodness of the freshest air from the heart of Melbourne's city centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Heronswood

Heronswood House and Garden

Discover the heritage of the Mornington Pensinula through the heirloom flowers, fruit and vegetables in the magnificent edible garden at Heronswood.

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Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens

Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens

Get lost in Australia's oldest hedge maze, the world's oldest circular rose maze, the Lavender Labyrinth or seek gnomes in the 25 acres of gardens.

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William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Find mystical clay sculptures of Aboriginal figures hiding in the tranquil ferny glades of the William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong Ranges.

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Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne

Discover abundant parks and leafy gardens in Melbourne and take a break from the hectic pace of the city with a relaxing stroll or picnic on the lawn.

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Alfred Nicholas Gardens, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Witness seasonal explosions of colour as flowers bloom throughout the magnificent parks and gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Mornington Peninsula

Have a blooming wonderful time inhaling the sensational colours and fragrances of Mornington Peninsula's manicured and heritage parks and gardens.

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Lavandula Lavender Farm, Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

Visit immaculate gardens dotted around Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, find lush tranquil forests, rolling farmland, and natural mineral springs.

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Wildflowers, Aireys Inlet, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Great Ocean Road

See wildflowers throughout the Great Ocean Road region in spring and many flowering plants and rainforest natives in the Great Otway National Park.

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