Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

4.8
#1 of 49 in Parks in Melbourne
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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  • A Saturday morning visit, lots of activity all around, heaps of tourists, but still a beautifully maintained quiet oasis. Well worth a visit and a looooong stroll before diving into the frenetic activ...  more »
  • The garden is located very close to the Melbourne city. Public parking is available all around. Its a huge garden with beautiful landscapes. A good place to have functions like weddings or parties. A ...  more »
  • The botanical gardens was a good visit and you could spend a day to visit all,it is well maintained but some of the labeling was a bit hit and miss.  more »
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  • Large and varied gardens. Lots of variety. Easy to spend an afternoon or even a full day here. Plenty of scenic walks. You can for a boat ride if you wish. Toilet facilities. Good signage generally though it is possible to get a little lost.
  • We only explored the NE portion, with the lakes, but were impressed. Lots of interesting plant varieties to see. When we were there around 10, on a weekday, it was surprisingly quiet. Even more so than Adelaide's one, a much smaller city. You can go punting on the lake. We had the popular fruit salad in a glass, a chicken wrap, 2 coffees; $33. Pricey, but well laid out dining area near the lake. Wonderful views. We met Fergus the Golden Retriever with his lady owner. All the parks staff knew Fergus as a regular guest. The photos below include an incredible Cypress. A heritage listed oak near the gate. Also, a Caucasian Fir, that reminds of Turkey.
  • We visit the gardens many times throughout the year. Great place to go for walks and a picnic with the kids. Free and plenty of places to explore. Love the Ian Potter Children's Garden in the summer. The water fountains & mini river are a big hit.
  • This place is amazing. A gem in the heart of Melbourne. One of my favourite places. A national heritage really. Must visit.
  • Probably the best botanical gardens that I've ever been to. A great mix of historical and informational signs, walk paths, places to sit and chill, range of plants, and so on.

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