Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

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Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
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. To visit Royal Botanic Gardens and other attractions in Melbourne, use our Melbourne tour app.
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  • My family and I absolutely adored this place. We spent a few hours here and couldn’t have chosen a bette replace to take the kids out on a fine spring day.  more »
  • I had like 2hours in the city and I'm glad I chose to walk here. Its amazing. So many colours and shapes and well maintained park. Has a magical vibe :)  more »
  • Visit was just after the park reopened after the Covid closure. Was busy but generally people were social distancing and wearing masks  more »
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  • If you have time for to see only one of Melbourne's many attractions, make sure to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. Absolutely fantastic. Even on a stinking hot day, as it was when I visited, there's plenty of shade and cool gullies to keep the heat at bay. I particularly enjoyed the Australian native forest trail and the fern tree gully sections, both of which were brilliantly presented. The cafe/restaurant was also very well done. All in all, the Botanical Gardens was the highlight of my visit to Melbourne. Loved it.
  • A beautiful place to visit for a weekend stroll. Gardens are immaculately maintained and paths are well kept allowing for those who use walking aids or a wheel chair access to all the features. The tearooms by the lake are also worth a visit, but unfortunately are often popular with weddings and special events so often shut early which is disappointing. Overall a great place to visit to escape the concrete jungle.
  • I had a wonderful day to wander around these beautiful gardens. There is a good chance Melbourne will turn on good weather once a week and that is the day to go. Throw some food into a bag, get public transport to somewhere nearby and start walking. Find a spot to sit on the expansive grass and enjoy the view while nibbling the food. This is a must do.
  • Beautiful gardens with a variety of environments, flora, and fauna. Great signage throughout the gardens for human locations as well as flora identification. Restaurant is pricey but the food is really good - fish & chips in the gardens was a nice experience. I've got so many photos from all of the things I saw here - it's such a great place and I'm keen to come back again!
  • Such a beautiful and grand place. A must visit if you come to Melb. Much better than the Sydney one in terms of the garden design and the variety of plants/flowers. Also you should go there at different seasons. Spend at least two hours here. If you come with family or friends, maybe you can stay a little bit longer and enjoy the plants, flowers, the lake... You can visit shrine of remembrance before or after the botanic gardens.

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