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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  • We came in the gardens from the observatory entrance and walked down through the gardens to the lake in the valley where the café is sited. Had a coffee while taking in the ambience of the backdrop an...  more »
  • A view is perhaps the most important feature of fine dining. At the centre of the botanical gardens we found a little gem where we could sit overlooking a beautiful scene full of amazing sights while ...  more »
  • It is a huge beautiful park next to the city.I was a student,visited the park few times when I got time.  more »
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  • A magical place of design from 150years prior. A hilly get away in the heart of Melbourne. Great as a place to chill and relax. Place to see plants and trees and birds from around different lands. Bring kids. Or date spot. Picnic by the lake? Romance? Family outing? A place to just relax. Maybe a book and a glass of wine. I think this is a magical place.
  • Beautiful gardens set in a very large space. Be prepared for much walking if you want to see the whole thing, especially as it is adjacent to some other areas you may also want to visit. You may want to bring a hat and sunscreen as many of the areas are unshaded. The food offerings are limited, so picnicking is probably the best lunch plan.
  • Great strip of riverbank. Public barbecues and tables n benches. The passing river boats create a nice atmosphere too. However... very close to punt road and the M1 freeway so the noise pollution is pretty extreme. If you're going by yourself take some headphones and chill music or a good podcast. And watch out for the mozzies in summer!
  • Beautiful botanical gardens, well laid out and kept with an astounding variety of flora from all over the world. Great for photgraphy, and with wide asphalt paths with frequent washrooms that make this place very accessible. My recommendations are the ornamental lake (there's a beautiful outcrop on the north end were you can sit on the grass or a bench and take it all) and Guilfoyle's volcano in the southeast (a hill full of cacti with a beautiful reservoir on top with plant "islands").
  • Lovely walk around the gardens and a drink in the bar afterwards. Really nice chilled place.. can’t believe you’re in the city as it’s so tranquil and quiet.

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