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
Families enjoying the Children's Garden on Spring Open Day 2010

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Address: Birdwood Avenue, 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 amazing and diverse plant collections such as camellias, rainforest flora, succulents and cacti, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads and plants from Southern China. Guilfoyle's Volcano in the Gardens offers visitors a fabulous 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 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 introducing visitors to the history, cultural significance and horticultural diversity of Melbourne's finest garden.

The Garden Explorer people mover is a relaxing way to discover the Gardens. Enjoy live commentary as you wind your way around the Gardens.

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

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.


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


  • Birdwatching
  • Shopping
  • Animal Viewing
  • Guided walks

Opening hours

Closes at sunset.


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

Disabled access

Limited accessibility. Contact operator for further details.

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