Royal Botanic Gardens
Breathe deep and fill your lungs with the goodness of the freshest air from right in the heart of Melbourne's city centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
A treasured part of Melbourne life, the Royal Botanic Gardens offers 38 hectares of landscaped gardens blooming with native and exotic vegetation. The gardens are all things to everybody, whether a place for children to explore, families to picnic, couples to canoodle, or individuals to relax and recharge in tranquil spaces.
The popular Aboriginal Heritage Walk shows you the land through the eyes of the area's traditional owners. Spot native wildlife like black swans, eels, bellbirds, cockatoos and kookaburras.
When the evenings get longer the gardens light up with outdoor cinema screenings, theatre performances and exhibitions.
Cranbourne's Australian Garden
Get a closer look at the diversity and wonder of Australian landscapes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. The 15-hectare native Australian Garden with its striking red sand and picturesque wildflowers is perfect for curious kids and inquisitive adults. The garden also features rockpools, waterholes, an arid garden and a serpentine path.
The Australian Garden is surrounded by remnant bushland and wetlands, brimming with native plants, mammals and amphibians. Take a stroll along the boardwalks and viewing platforms and linger over a packed lunch at the woodlands picnic area.
Get into the gardens
Enter a place of continual discovery and delight, with city vistas, tranquil lakes and diverse plant collections, plus outdoor films and performances.
Take your children to a magical place at the Royal Botanic Garden's Children's Garden, a kids-only space that's full of fabulous things to explore.
See Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens through the eyes of the area's traditional owners on an informative walk with an Aboriginal guide, plus a cuppa.
Discover uniquely Australian landscapes without heading into the desert, and explore the evolving connections between people, plants and landscapes.