Royal Botanical Gardens

Birdwood Avenue
Melbourne 3004 Australia

On the south bank of the River Yarra, the Royal Botanic Gardens is home to ‘more than 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to an amazing range of wildlife.’

The gardens feature a global selection of flora and fauna as well as endemic Australian plants, cacti, mini-ecosystems and an indigenous rainforest. You can choose from a selection of guided walks ‘through assorted horticultural pockets to learn a bit about history, botany and wildlife’ and visit the 1.2m specimen Herbarium.

In the summer you can watch a film in an almost perfect setting under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema (A$14.50 – A$19) and if you’re a budding stargazer, the Observatory will walk you through the night sky and the nature-based Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is a whimsical, child-scaled place that invites families to explore, discover and imagine.

The Terrace café is open for lunch and tea and Jardin Tan is a French-Indian-Chinese fusion restaurant for lunch and is, according to the website, ‘the truest expression of the farm-to-table philosophy, celebrating the organic bio-dynamic produce grown on-site within the Gardens’.

 You can even bring dogs and picnics to the gardens but there are no-go areas and rules to comply with but if you’re looking for a very relaxed day out in Melbourne, the Royal Botanic Gardens should be at the top of your ‘to do’ list.


+61 (3) 9252 2300



Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday : 7.30am – sunset




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