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Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 5,500+ reviews on the web
Over 10,000 species of native and exotic plants and animals inhabit a lush and immaculately kept landscape at Royal Botanic Gardens. Originally established in 1846 by Lieutenant Governor Charles La Trobe, the gardens today provide 38 hectares (94 acres) of colorful natural displays for you to wander among. The manmade Guilfoyle's Volcano serves as a reservoir and offers you a stunning view of the Melbourne skyline. The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden provides an engaging introduction to botany for kids, and the lake system hosts diverse aquatic species. If you visit during summer, special events happen on the grounds almost daily. Use our Melbourne trip generator to visit Royal Botanic Gardens on your trip to Melbourne, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We enjoy visiting the botanic gardens regularly. The birdlife, trees, plants, and city views are all wonderful. You can find some interesting youtube video highlights to get a feel for the gardens. We...  read more »
  • The gardens were really nice to walk through early morning. Quiet and peaceful. However we had read somewhere that you could hire bikes close by and ride through to enjoy the scenery so we walked from...  read more »
  • A beautiful, tranquil place to visit. Well kept and full of life. There was a little wreckage from a recent storm, a couple if areas off limits but the majority was untouched. I highly recommend this ...  read more »
  • A perfect place for those who want to escape the city and spend time with nature. A good place to relax and de-stress yourself by walking in the green space, a perfect place for picnics and hang outs. The gardens contain many native and exotic plants and trees. One of the best places in Melbourne Cbd
  • An amazing park. It's huge. You can easily walk around the park for most of a day. It's free so that is amazing. If you like being around nature and beauty and don't want to spend money this is the spot.
  • The most beautiful garden I have ever visited in my life. Heaps of flowers and trees. Nice walking tracks. However, for the last few years the birds gradually disappear from the garden. It is a MUST visit place in Melbourne.
  • We recently went on the Aboriginal Heritage Walk with Ben as our guide. WE thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience and were privileged to learn a little of the the aboriginal heritage, in particular, the local area. The smoking ceremony was a great experience and the tour highlighted a culture of 60,ooo years who had lived sustainably in Australia.We would thoroughly recommend it as a must if you are visiting the gardens. Thank you Ben. Taddy and Teen
  • Fantastic historic gardens with mature exotic and native trees and plants. Glass houses, lakes, paths and even a section of rainforest. Some very secluded areas too. Well worth a visit. Devonshire tea from the cafe by the lake is recommended. The famous "Tan Track" very popular with runners runs around the perimeter outside the gardens.
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