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Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens is a spacious Victorian-era landscaped garden and educational and horticultural treasure in the heart of the city. Established in 1846, the 38-hectare (93.9-acre) garden showcases over 50,000 plants, including rare exotic species and threatened native plants. Explore the complex of gardens, groves and conservatories and learn about the breathtaking diversity of the plant kingdom, as well as local Aboriginal cultural heritage, intriguing ecosystems and historic artifacts.
Stroll along the gardens’ paved pathways and experience a showcase of exotic and native plants. You’ll see heritage 19th-century plantings and ancient river red gums that pre-date European settlement in the area. Wander down to the edge of the lake and see if you can spot native ducks and black swans.
Delve into the shady bamboo grove or visit the Fern Gully to find a magical garden of tranquil greenery. At the southeast corner of the gardens, look for Guilfoyle’s Volcano, a man-made water reservoir that was built in 1876. Explore the reservoir’s landscaped gardens and see a fantastic viewpoint over the city.
Check out the Tropical Glasshouse to inspect an international collection of ferns, orchids and bromeliads. Kids can have an exciting hands-on experience at the Children’s Garden, while visitors of all ages can enjoy the interactive program of events and workshops held daily. Experience the Aboriginal Heritage Walk or get creative at the Plant Craft Cottage. Rest at one of the picnic areas or pavilions, or take a seat at one of the gardens’ two cafés.
Make the most of a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens by getting on board the Garden Explorer, a hop-on, hop-off service that completes a loop of the gardens in 50 minutes and includes live commentary. The gardens’ Visitor Centre contains maps and brochures for planning your visit, as well as a gift shop.
The Royal Botanic Gardens is located on the southern banks of the Yarra River in inner Melbourne and is easily accessible by bike, tram and car. The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle also makes a stop at the gardens. This popular Melbourne attraction is free to visit daily until sunset.
Want to make your stop at Royal Botanic Gardens even more special? Remember to try out one or two of these things to do:
Trying out an Aboriginal Heritage Tour will help make the visit to this celebrated attraction a day to remember!
Take a look at our Melbourne things to do page to discover more activities while you're here.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also within 5 minutes. Parliament Station is 8 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 9 minutes.
This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located on a river, steps from Southbank Promenade, Eureka Tower, and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria are also within 10 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Southbank Promenade, Eureka Skydeck 88, and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. South Melbourne Market and SEA LIFE Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 16 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 18 minutes.
This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Melbourne Central and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Royal Botanic Gardens and Marvel Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km). Flinders Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 17 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Central are also within 1 mi (2 km). Southern Cross Station is 8 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 18 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marvel Stadium and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. DFO South Wharf and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Southern Cross Station is 13 minutes by foot and North Melbourne Station is 21 minutes.
Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St Kilda Road, Shrine of Remembrance, and Royal Botanic Gardens. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away. South Yarra Station is 20 minutes by foot and Prahran Station is 29 minutes.
Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Southbank Promenade and Eureka Skydeck 88. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Federation Square are also within 15 minutes. Flinders Street Station is 11 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 21 minutes.