One of Melbourne's most beautiful green spaces, the Royal Botanic Gardens is also a hugely popular location for outdoor events. Its summer program includes theatre under the stars, outdoor cinema, walking tours and a new pop-up bar. And don't forget long-running favourites such as Moonlight Cinema. Here's the lowdown on what's happening in the Gardens this summer and beyond.

Free things to do

6 Jan - 30 Apr

Melbourne Gardens Free Guided Walk

A free guided walk is the perfect way to explore Melbourne Gardens.

Live music and theatre shows

8 Jan - 30 Apr

Live at the Bowl

Spend summer days and autumn nights revelling in Australia's best acts.

Relaxation and wellbeing

6 Jan - 30 Apr

Punting on the Lake

Glide between the bays and islands of Ornamental Lake on a guided boat cruise.

Explore and discover

6 Jan - 30 Apr

The Explorer – Melbourne Gardens

Discover the beauty of this inner-city oasis from the comfort of an open-air minibus.

23 Jan - 30 Apr

Aboriginal Heritage Walk

Womin Djeka! Journey into Melbourne Gardens with an Aboriginal guide.

7 Jan - 25 Apr

Moonlight Cinema

Kick back with a film under the stars at Melbourne’s most spectacular open-air cinema.

The Terrace

A little cafe in the Botanical Gardens with picturesque views and scones to die for.

Botanical Hotel

The Botanical Hotel is known for its welcoming atmosphere, fine food and wine store.

Domain Brasserie

Great coffee and all day eatery with views of the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Jardin Tan

Drawing inspiration from the French-Asian fusion foods of Vietnam.

Tan Track Bar

Summer pop-up bar in the Kings Domain parklands.

Last updated on Thu 11 Feb 2021

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Embla Rooftop Bar and Cinema

Watch a movie after sunset on a Melbourne rooftop.

Chancery Lane

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Teeny Tiny Stevies

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Birrarung Marr

Popular park along the Yarra River next to Federation Square.

Yarra Park

Public parkland surrounding Australia's sporting mecca, the MCG.

Parliament Gardens Reserve

This small triangular park is a pleasant respite at the Spring Street end of town.

Kings Domain

Extensive gardens home to many significant Melbourne landmarks.