Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

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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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  • Just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne city center, there's this massive green lung, full of flowers, nice trees, lakes and birds. Roam around, ignore the roadsigns and just....  more
    Just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne city center, there's this massive green lung, full of flowers, nice trees, lakes and birds. Roam around, ignore the roadsigns and just....  more »
  • Absolutely amazing stunning scenery and park got married here 19 08 22 great place for couples and families 
    Absolutely amazing stunning scenery and park got married here 19 08 22 great place for couples and families  more »
  • With superb landscaping, awesome views and plenty of walkways amidst nature, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is truly a must. 
    With superb landscaping, awesome views and plenty of walkways amidst nature, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is truly a must.  more »
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  • A gorgeous slice of natural beauty right in the heart of Melbourne. Free to visit and explore to your hearts content. Magnificent views of the city to be found all throughout the gardens. Highlights are Fern Gully, Long Island and the Sensory garden. Whilst walking through the temperate rain forested Fern Gully it is hard to believe you are in the middle of Melbourne. One of my favourite places to walk and explore.
  • I went here for an event. I went here for lights cape. It was beautiful. Loved it so much. The venue has all the facilities. Got loads of food options and it was absolutely a dream to attend. I went to to earlier sessions to get some good photos and avoid the crowds. I hope it will come back again next year. It’s more stunning with its really dark and everything comes to life.
  • Absolutely gorgeous park with plant life from all around the world. They have sections of plants that are from different regions (New Zealand, Australian forest, etc.). There is also a large number of common areas for just relaxing and having picnics, or whatever else. Lots of birds around as well.
  • So much to see and so here. Stunning gardens, beautiful lake. Beautiful place to picnic and plenty of shade in the pavilions. On site cafes. Looking forward to the moonlit cinemas starting up again too If you want a catered picnic that can also be a range through blakes catering. One of my all-time favourite places to have a picnic and catch up with friends...
  • Such a beautiful space and so close to the city, also a nice short walk to the Anzac memorial. Great place to have a picnic or go for a stroll, or get married at. There’s even a lake there with lots of ducks and other birds so even more beautiful.

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