Ornamental Lake at RBG Melbourne
The Kitchen Garden in The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden
Guilfoyle's Volcano at RBG Melbourne
Arid Garden at RBG Melbourne
Aboriginal Heritage Walk at RBG Melbourne
Spring Open Day in the Children's Garden
Oak Lawn at RBG Melbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Address: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra, Victoria 3141

Phone: 03 9252 2300  |  Fax: 03 9252 2442  

Email: rbg@rbg.vic.gov.au
Web: rbg.vic.gov.au

Attracting over 1.8 million visitors annually, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is a treasured part of Melbourne's cultural life and a valuable asset to the heritage-rich city. With its stunning vistas, tranquil lakes and diverse plant collections, the Gardens are a place of continual discovery and delight.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is home to both amazing and diverse plant collections such as camellias, rainforest flora, succulents and cacti, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads and plants from Southern China. The newly opened Guilfoyle's Volcano in the Gardens offers visitors a fabulous new precinct to explore.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne also provide a natural sanctuary for native wildlife such as the black swans, eels, bell birds, cockatoos and kookaburras. A popular attraction is The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden.

The Children's Garden has everything that children could possibly want to help them discover the natural world: plant tunnels that they can crawl through, rocks that they can climb and a bamboo forest in which they can hide.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne holds a number of walks and tours which introduce visitors to the history, cultural significance and horticultural diversity of Melbourne's finest garden.

Located at Observatory Gate, the Visitor Centre is the meeting place for all tours. Information Officers will inform visitors about special features, tours and activities to suit their needs. Visitors can enjoy the magnificent Gardens setting whilst feasting on delicious meals at the Terrace Tearooms and the Observatory Café.

The award-winning Gardens Shop is the place to shop for botanical-inspired souvenirs and gifts including stationery, skincare, books and greeting cards.

During the warmer months, the Royal Botanic Gardens becomes a vibrant cultural venue with outdoor cinema, theatre performances, and exhibitions regularly scheduled.

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Local directions

The Royal Botanic Gardens is a 10 minute walk, down St Kilda Road, from Flinders Street Station. If you want to get the tram from Flinders Street Station, catch tram numbers three, five, six, eight, 16, 64, 67 or 72 down St Kilda Road and get off at Domain Junction, walk past the Shrine of Remembrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Facilities

  • Café
  • Coach parking
  • Guide
  • Picnic area
  • Public telephone
  • Public toilet
  • Shop
  • Visitor information centre

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Shopping
  • Animal Viewing
  • Guided walks

Opening hours

It is closed for maintenance for two months at the conclusion of the Victorian July school holidays. The rest of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is open during this time.

Daily
7:30am -8:30pm
Open every day to sunset.

Wednesday to Sunday
10:00am -4:00pm
The Ian Potter Foundation Childrens Garden is open.

Memberships

  • Aboriginal Tourism Australia
  • Inbound Tour Operators Association
  • National Trust
  • Tourism Alliance Victoria
  • Tourism Council Australia

Disabled access

Contact operator for further details.

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