Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

4.8
#1 of 49 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 .
Create an itinerary including Royal Botanic Gardens
map
Royal Botanic Gardens Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
8,083 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • This is probably the largest botanical gardens we have visited, you can easily walk around for more than half a day and still not see everything. With the park it remains open until dusk but the cafes...  more »
  • With plant species from across Australia and from various countries, the Botanical Garden is well wooded, clean and very good for walking. Worth a visit to the monument to the war fighters, on East exit.
    View original
  • To good English usage has any self respecting city in Australia a cricket field and a botanical garden. Usually not much for both and it is somewhat withered green. Not in Melbourne! This it's Garden, which of course in the spring at its best, is a peaceful quiet place where you can walk around without easy 2 hour you get bored.
    View original
Google
  • Beautiful gardens set in a very large space. Be prepared for much walking if you want to see the whole thing, especially as it is adjacent to some other areas you may also want to visit. You may want to bring a hat and sunscreen as many of the areas are unshaded. The food offerings are limited, so picnicking is probably the best lunch plan.
  • A must see place in Melbourne. It's nature everywhere spread with Trees, variety of plants and Amazing beautiful flowers. There is a pond with Ducks and fishes. Fern gardens and plenty. We could see variety of birds. .
  • Definitely the place to go for a day out in a park in Melbourne. Lots of area and lots of variety so it's never crowded and you can find a section where you like the scenery. Only bad part is the main lower paths to the park get overrun with health nuts in the afternoons so you have to watch for crazy runners and cyclists (although occasionally the scenery is nice there too ;-)).
  • Breathtakingly beautiful! I love this garden and always look forward for a quick stroll. You get engulfed in natural beauty and at times forget that you are so near to the city. Lovely place and not to be missed!
  • A truly royal garden. Different spieces add an eye- catching view. Beautiful flowers and ponds. It is worth the visit when going to the city. A calm and relaxing atmosphere and the garden is well maintained. Many people come here for selphies😁 good for picnics and walks.

Plan your trip to Melbourne

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Melbourne

The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Melbourne by other users

19 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Sydney, Melbourne & Great Barrier Reef BY A USER FROM CANADA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Victoria BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States, Canada, South Pacific, Europe & Central America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 38 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, kids, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, kids, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans