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Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

(4.7/5 based on 6,000+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • Lush gardens and meandering paths make this an enjoyable outing for any age group. Bring a picnic to have by the lake or walk off a big brekky. 
  • We rode our bikes through the gardens. Lots of paths for walkers and cyclists. Definitely worth a visit. So many different zones. It would take many visits to see everything. Well kept, well designed ...  more »
  • absolutely world class gardens...if the lakes do not get you,the bird life will,centuries old trees...green lawns..heaven of silence in a busy city...the best place to bring a roast chicken,a bottle o...  more »
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  • It's just beautiful. Great way to scape from the city. Get lost inside and enjoy the nature. It's free to the public. Don't miss the temple of wind.
  • The best gardens I've ever been to. I've been to many gardens over the years and I can honestly say that these are the best yet. We went in November, which is Spring in Australia, and the gardens were stunning. There are different walks through different habitats, eg rainforest, arid plants, etc. The ponds are varied and vibrant. There is something different around every corner and there are lots of corners. A fantastic place. It's the No. 1 place to visit in Melbourne.
  • These are beautiful gardens for all seasons. Lots of lovely pathways to meander through differently themed sections. There is always something in bloom or seed. The bare trunks of the trees in winter are magnificent and varied. A must see for those visiting Melbourne.
  • 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
  • Great park, calm, quiet. A great escape form the city, in the city. Awesome trees too! Aaaaaand it's free 👍