Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

4.7
#1 of 33 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. Use our Melbourne trip generator to visit Royal Botanic Gardens on your trip to Melbourne, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Bigger than you realise. A bit of quiet in the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. Recommend going at sunrise or sunset  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    A great and nice place in centre of melbourne . A must visit for travellers . A park for walk . And seeing around all important places.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Had a bit of a walk round first, stopped at the cafe whilst waiting for a guided tour with a volunteer guide. Some very interesting plants.  more »
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  • One of the best botanic gardens in the world, beatifically kept and well thought out. An absolute pleasure to walk around, with a lovely lake with swans at its core. Close to the city and easy to get to by public transport.
  • Sensational grounds that are maintained very well. Great range of local, tropical and international plants. Give yourself plenty of time to take it all in.
  • What a beautiful spot for a picnic! Lots of shade, really nice! Be ready to carry all you stuff a long way, because it's forbidden to drive to your spot, unload the car and drive off. So a trolley will be useful!
  • Spent half a day wandering about on a very warm sunny Sunday. Easy access. Amazing clean facilities that were spaced out well, we didn't have kids but if we had there were bathrooms in enough places that I feel we'd have been pretty happy and safe from accidents! The gardens were well kept, well signposted, relaxed and beautiful. Picnic style places to sit, would take a blanket and more food next time to prolong the experience! Looking forward to next time, will try and add some photos.
  • The place is amazing, beautiful and tranquil. Lots of plants to see and time to spend by meditation, having a picnic or walking around. Be ready to be there at least 2 hours if not more with the desire to look everything. Don't forget to find the hidden waterfall and the bamboo place. It's worth to have a look at! Just beautiful!

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