Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

4.8
#1 of 59 in Parks in Melbourne
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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  • There are still room to improve on the scenic even though it looks naturally beautiful. So part of the garden will need some housekeeping.  more »
  • Lovely place to stroll and enjoy the gardens on any day. Just dress for the weather ie all seasons in Melbourne. Take a book, picnic or just stroll. With or without kids is fine, there are plenty of p...  more »
  • The gardens are quite large bit well worth spending a couple of hours wandering around. We went to the cafe first and had some really good coffee, then we wandered around the park. There are loads of ...  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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