Trip Planner:   South Pacific  /  Australia  /  Victoria  /  Melbourne  /  Parks  /  Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
(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.
Create a full Melbourne itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Melbourne

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Melbourne by other users

14 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Australia BY A USER FROM IRELAND January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Australia & Fiji BY A USER FROM MEXICO March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Australia BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Australia & Hawaii BY A USER FROM MEXICO March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Australia BY A USER FROM CANADA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Australia BY A USER FROM QATAR February, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM INDONESIA August, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM INDONESIA August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA May, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, kids, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The Botanic Gardens is a beautiful place to visit all year round even for locals like myself. I love it , especially chilling out on my picnic rug in front of the pond near the cafe. It's peaceful for...  more »
  • The gardens are a great fine day experience,free of charge,fun for kids who can feed ducks & eels as well as run & play,there is a greenhouse to walk through as well as a desert garden & an Australian...  more »
  • Our forefathers showed so much foresight setting out this wonderful garden for generations to enjoy. One of the lungs in our city, right alongside the Yarra river just over the bridge from the city sq...  more »
Google
  • 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 👍