If you’re a nature lover, sightseer or just want to take some time out for a little r&r in the city, then a few hours or day out to Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens is just what you need. Visit this inner-city oasis to view more than 8,500 species of plants from around the globe.
Here's a few things to see and do to help you with your visit:
Located at the Observatory Precinct on Birdwood Avenue, the Visitor Centre, is a good place to start your visit to the Melbourne Gardens. Here you can find information such as maps and brochures, book tours, hire wheelchairs or visit the gift shop.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Attractions
Guilfoyle’s Volcano – historic water reservoir with striking city views
The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden – see more below
Lakes and Islands – Central Lake, Fern Gully, Nyphaea Lily Lake, Ornamental Lake and surrounding catchments.
Canna Bed Rain Garden – filtration system to use polluted stormwater run-off to irrigate the Cannas.
Tropical Glasshouse – showcasing plants from tropical regions around the world.
National Herbarium of Victoria – Home to approx. 1.5million dried plant, algae and fungi specimens.
Plant Craft Cottage – run by volunteers and open select days. Check website link below.
Plus - Sculptures, Gates, Rest Houses, Walks and more!
The parks 38 hectares can be easily explored with the Garden Explorer. Hop on and off as you enjoy the live commentary as you make your way around the gardens. Call the Visitor Centre to confirm days and time of operation on 03 9252 2429.
The Gift Shop
The park boasts 2 great gift shops where you can purchase a range of botanic inspired gifts and treasures. With proceeds from every sale going back into supporting the work of Royal Botanic Garden Victoria.
The Lakeside Shop is open daily from 10am to 4pm.
The Observatory Shop operates on seasonal hours. 10am to 4pm (Oct to March) 11am to 3pm (April to September).
Jardin Tan & The Terrace - Cafés & Restaurants
Open from 9am to 5pm (October to April) 9:45am to 4pm (May to September) The Terrace offers sweeping views over the Ornamental Lake to Government House, indoor and outdoor dining is available. The Terrace serves lunch, Devonshire tea, high tea, coffee and cake.
Open daily from 8am to 4pm, Jardin Tan, serves up French-Indochina flavours with a farm to table philosophy.
The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
If you’ve got kids then a visit to the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is a must. Let them get their hands dirty exploring the garden, it’s a place where they can dig, build, imagine, create, hide…come and explore! Please check the website for opening times and closures as the garden does take a break for restoration during the winter and is closed to the public on some days during the Victoria school terms for booked school groups.
Located on Birdwood Avenue Melbourne, the Royal Botanic Gardens are open daily from 7:30am to sunset. For more information including events and what’s on please visit Melbourne Gardens.
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