Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Cranbourne

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Gigantic Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne sits on 145 hectares (360 acres). The landscaping is designed to accommodate interactive displays that let you walk through garden areas, cross over wetlands, and even play in water features. See large areas of native bush, heath, and other plants as well as contemporary sculptures. The red earth section brings the outback into the suburbs. You will see lots of birdlife, butterflies, and maybe even a wallaby. One area warns you to beware of snakes, so you might see one of those too. Shaded areas throughout the complex make walking a pleasure. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne and many more Cranbourne attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cranbourne attractions planning tool.
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  • Decided to get out of the house and finally visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. As we only live a few kilometres away, ashamed to say this was the first time visit for us. Dedicated to... 
    Decided to get out of the house and finally visit the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. As we only live a few kilometres away, ashamed to say this was the first time visit for us. Dedicated to...  more »
  • What a fabulous experience! The staff were so gracious and helpful. Our volunteer tour guide was amazing and so generous with her time & knowledge. We really enjoyed our visit and the gardens are... 
    What a fabulous experience! The staff were so gracious and helpful. Our volunteer tour guide was amazing and so generous with her time & knowledge. We really enjoyed our visit and the gardens are...  more »
  • Spent 6 hours wandering , looking and learning. Very much enjoyed the display gardens, Learnt a lot - very interesting to see readily available plants used in different ways. Managed to fit in one.....  more
    Spent 6 hours wandering , looking and learning. Very much enjoyed the display gardens, Learnt a lot - very interesting to see readily available plants used in different ways. Managed to fit in one.....  more »
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  • Love the different walks and plant sections, beautifully landscaped, great restaurant and a good area to paddle feet. Update* New addition with grassed area where you can picnic and relax looking over a pond. Gift shop has great items, have purchased quite a few things from there. Kids playground looks great, water fountains & toilets around the walks which are helpful. Highly recommended place
  • Never in my life do I find any botanical garden interesting, but this one has totally changed my mind! The planning/design of this garden is genius. It is designed to aim to educate and to be enjoyed. A very clear singular "journey" to let our kids to learn about trees & plants. Everything is clear, opened and well defined, and also very well paced. Whereas, if you're in the City, the Royal botanical garden is more about leisure, hidden, corners, shades. This Cranbourne Garden is totally different and fresh! It's about showcasing, making a statement. The bus tour is also one of the highlights of our visit. I highly recommended you to take the bus tour BEFORE walking through the garden yourself. Perfect pace and just right amount of brief introduction to everything. Our kids totally engaged in the tour. Kids is free during school holiday while adults pay $10. All staff are friendly and helpful. First time in my life that I actually enjoyed going to a Botanical Garden. I will definitely revisit.
  • An absolute brilliant place to visit! We saw so many Bandicoots while we were walking. The water theme allowed for children (& adults) to engage in water play. There's a sand pit for exploring & building rock sculptures. A little gift shop with quaint & some unique mementos. I'm not sure about how easy it is to manage a wheelchair, however, they do have ramps, & most paths that would be adequate. Sensory friendly for children/adults who require lower sensory input. Did I forget to mention coffee and food at the cafe, which was operating even on a public holiday.
  • The explorer bus was fantastic. It gave an overview of the gardens. $10 adults. Kids free? You could go back and explore the gardens you wanted to see better. Book online to avoid disappointment of a full bus Restaurant 2 stars ⭐️⭐️ was a disappointment. No menu until you got to the cash register. You were not able to sit at a vacant table and decide what you wanted. There were two tables empty but they were reserved. No one sat there while we were there. Serve yourself knife,fork serviettes and water available around the corner out of sight. Service could be improved if you saw how it operates from the customer point of view.
  • My partner and I organized to take a tour of the gardens, it was fantastic. The gardens are an interesting and beautiful walk all the way though. Our guide Brian was polite and fun, provided us with lots of information about the native plants, trees and animals. 5/5 stars I will be coming back in spring to see all the flowers in bloom.

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