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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.

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Horsham Botanic Gardens

Designed by William Guilfoyle in the 1870s this was originally a reserve of 37 acres, but only...

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Discover this lush garden with its manicured lawns, colourful flowerbeds and heritage listed trees.

Bendigo Botanic Gardens

Admire botanic specimens, visit the picnic pavilion, and stroll through the aviary and by the lagoon.

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens

Australia's most unique Botanic Gardens, a prime example of what community spirit can achieve, is...

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Cranbourne Gardens

Discover the astonishing beauty of 170,000 individual native plants in typical Australian settings.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Discover more than 12,000 species of plants and a sanctuary for native wildlife.

Hamilton Botanic Gardens

The site for these gardens was set aside in 1853 and first planted in 1870, making them one of the...

Sale Botanic Gardens

The 150 year old Sale Botanic Gardens sits next to the Lake Guthridge precinct and contains...

Buninyong Botanic Garden

Stroll among the trees, picnic by the lake and admire the historic features of these serene gardens.

Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens were founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit community...

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Perch high on the hill in these gardens for uninterrupted views of Daylesford town and surrounds.

Albury Botanic Gardens

Albury's beautiful Botanic Gardens have been established for over 130 years and give residents and...

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Historic estates

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Panorama Garden Estate

Enjoy a great day out visiting one of Australia's largest private gardens and wildlife reserves at Panorama Garden Estate. Panorama Gardens is a...

History & heritage

Rippon Lea Estate

Visit a grand National Heritage listed estate, established 1868, with sweeping lawns, trees, ornamental lake, fernery, and heritage orchard.

History & heritage

Como House and Garden

A stone's throw away from Melbourne's shopping mecca and perched high above the Yarra River lies the sanctuary of Como. Boasting one of Melbourne's...

Heritage buildings

Beleura the House and Garden

Book ahead for a half-day guided tour of this stunning 1863 Italianate mansion and its gardens, with lunch and shuttle bus transport provided.

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Great Ocean Road

See wildflowers, plants and rainforest natives throughout the Great Ocean Road region in spring.

Grampians

Spend a while in the serenity of the elegant designer civic gardens in Hamilton and Horsham.

Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

Visit immaculate gardens dotted around the Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges region.

Melbourne

Discover abundant parks and leafy gardens in Melbourne and take a break from the pace of the city.

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Witness an explosion of colour in the parks and gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Goldfields

The Goldfields region boasts exquisite parks and charming botanic and period gardens.

Mornington Peninsula

Have a blooming wonderful time in Mornington Peninsula's manicured and heritage parks and gardens.

The Murray

See native desert plants, traditional plantings, and historic monuments in the region's parks.

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Pirianda Gardens

Designed to take advantage of the steep slopes, the terraced gardens of Pirianda are distinctive for their combination of botanically important...

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Trawool Valley

Trawool, originally named 'Traawool', the indigenous word for 'wild water', is a district dominated by agriculture, dairy and unforgettable scenery....

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Fitzroy Gardens

Marvel at the tiny doorways of historic Captain Cook's Cottage, the carved Fairies Tree, the model Tudor Village, and myriad fountains and statues.

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HIRL Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning

Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning (HIRL) is a mud brick function centre, consisting of main function hall, meeting rooms with attached kitchens,...

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CERES Community Environment Park

CERES Community Environment Park, situated on the banks of Merri Creek in East Brunswick, is one of Australia's most visited environmental education...

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Avro Anson A4-4 Memorial

On 16 May 1940, a RAAF Avro Anson aircraft with serial A4-4, crashed into the north east face of Mount Torbreck, 300 metres below the summit. All...

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Sale Botanic Gardens

The 150 year old Sale Botanic Gardens sits next to the Lake Guthridge precinct and contains beautiful gardens, grassed areas, paved walking areas, a...

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German War Cemetery

The cemetery holds the graves of 250 German civilian internees and Prisoners of War who died in Australia during the World Wars. The remains of each...

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Lambley Nursery and Gardens

Located in Ascot and only a short drive form Ballarat, Lambley's Dry Garden featuring frost-hardy plants requiring very little watering is world...

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