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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Royal Botanic Gardens reviews
We enjoyed a walk through the lake area and along the shaded forest walk. Also don’t miss the volcano which is part of the watering system of the gardens. A must do and so close to Melbourne city...
We enjoyed a walk through the lake area and along the shaded forest walk. Also don’t miss the volcano which is part of the watering system of the gardens. A must do and so close to Melbourne city... more »
A very well presented botanic gardens. A relaxing walk through for the family, easy parking and top day out
A very well presented botanic gardens. A relaxing walk through for the family, easy parking and top day out more »
It is a great place where we can spend many hours. We went on a weekday, so relatively less crowd. We were there for about 4-5 hours and could cover only a small portion of it. The children's garden was also nice. Many beautiful flowers in the garden and so many photo taking spots. We will definitely visit again. Thanks.
Peaceful walk through the gardens. Came on a Saturday afternoon - note places like the shrine of remembrance and visitor centre close at 5pm. Otherwise beautiful gardens, lot of picnickers, some areas like the Australian forest walk felt like you were being transported somewhere else. Very well maintained. Spent 3 hours walking around but even a short or long walk would be enjoyable. A lot of bathrooms, mostly paved paths and lots of places to sit in shade and enjoy the view.
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