Established in 1846, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens are one of the most magnificent landscaped Gardens in the world.
The Gardens stretch over 36 hectares, and are located in South Yarra, only minutes from the city centre. Here you will find Melbourne’s most spectacular scenery, and a superb collection of plants from across Australia and the world.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, located less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne, cover 360 hectares of Australian bushland. This is one of the best locations to enjoy the splendour and diversity of Australian flora.
Entry is free
Open every day of the year
7.30am to 8.30pm November to March
7.30am to 5.30pm April to October
2, 3 and 4 hour parking is available in the streets surrounding the Gardens. Voucher machines operate in Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra which is 10 minutes walk from the city centre.
Phone: 9252 2300 Facsimile: 9252 2350
Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
Established in 1970 the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, are dedicated to the conservation, display and enjoyment of Australian flora. Within an hour’s drive of Melbourne and stretching over 300 hectares, the Gardens are a natural haven in a rapidly developing urban area. Key features include a large area of natural bushland and the ongoing development of a display garden of Australian plants.
Stringybark Picnic Area has an information shelter, gas barbeques, tables and toilets (including for the disabled). Maps and track notes are also available. Tracks are suitable for assisted wheelchairs and pushers.
Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
Join the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne and become involved in the development of these wonderful Gardens. As a member, you can enjoy a varied program of events and activities.
The newly established Education Service is an ideal resource for teachers and students. Our activity-based programs are designed to inspire an appreciation of our natural environment.
Programs support the Curriculum and Standards Framework and the Victorian Certificate of Education requirements and cater for Primary and Secondary students.
For further enquiries and bookings call (03)5990 2200 weekdays.
A Garden for the future
To complement the existing bushland, exciting new developments are underway at the Gardens.
The Australian Garden – a major attraction featuring Australian plants in exciting and creative displays. Planned opening 2002.
The Woodland Recreation Area – A woodland setting where visitors can picnic or barbecue while children explore environmental play opportunities.
The Botanic Collection – A display of plant communities from across Australia.
Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE) – Established in 1997, this Centre is to be located within the Gardens, and will conduct further research into the interaction between plants, animals and humans in urban environments.
Exploring the Cranbourne bushland
Wander along extensive self guided trails through heathlands and eucalypt woodlands, or head further out to discover the Wylies Creek wetlands. During the wildflower season from July onwards the heathland is awash with colour and is ideal for birdwatching or spotting animal tracks. Eastern Yellow Robins, New Holland Honeyeaters, Blue Wrens and Bandicoots are easy to see. Take in sweeping views of Westernport Bay, the Dandenongs and the Melbourne skyline from the lookout at Trig Point, or simply relax with a barbecue at the Stringybark Picnic Area.