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 visited this park on a beautiful afternoon and took tons of puctures. Our 5-year old was tored and bored after a while since the playarea here has no swings (just a sand pit and some trees/and murk...  more »
  • Good for a weekend walk, relaxing and nice atmosphere. It is conveniently accessible close to the South Bank and can spend there hours if you want. Don't miss the WWI Memorial!  more »
  • We went in Fall, and the place was still beautiful. Fountains, birds and some flowers. Just a peaceful place, even though it's in the middle of the city.  more »
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  • I love the Botanic Gardens and have shared many pleasant memories with family, friends and on other occasions. It's a good place to relax, have a walk, share memorable moments, admire the different plant life, share a peaceful moment. It's landscape and flora species found in the multiple sections found inside is highly maintained, well grown and there's always something to see through out every season on the year. You can find two restaurants on the grounds. The Asian inspired fusion restaurant by the gift shop had a delicious range of dishes. I took my visiting family here and they had the best day.
  • Beautiful gardens spread over a large, hilly area with plenty of clean toilets and a cafe. There are several mini habitats within the gardens which are wonderful to explore. Large trees of every variety together with sweeping lawns and tranquil lakes make the Botanic Gardens an oasis of green just a stone's throw from the city.
  • What an amazing place to visit! If you're in Melbourne and it's a nice day this is a must-do. There is so much nature around this large garden, including a cafe in the middle near a small lake. You also have the option of going out on the water in a boat.
  • A BIG thank to Ian! Walking guide tour is really informative and attractive. The garden is so international and well organized. Last but not least, you must respect the effort of a 90-year-old volunteer!!
  • Oasis in the city, so many beautiful creatures and plant surrounded you. There’s a MOO BREW next to the gift shop, with hot coffee and little snacks ❤️ Favourite part is the pond, with birds and ducklings playing around. Plenty of benches and toilets. Shrine of Remembrance is full of historical stuff to explore, nice sightseeing on the balcony.

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