The Royal Botanic Gardens are now OPEN to the public again, following the easing of restrictions.
To keep visitors and staff safe, there are restricted capacities in public areas, including the visitor centre. Some of the narrow garden pathways are now one-way. Please follow all signage and maintain a safe distance during your visit.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are a picturesque haven for recreation and an important resource for education, conservation, science and horticulture.
Established in 1846, the gardens extend over 36 hectares and display an amazingly diverse collection of over 50,000 plants from around the world, including rare and threatened species. Considered one of the finest examples of Victorian-era landscaped gardens in the world, the Royal Botanic Gardens hosts year-round events, picnics, weddings and tours.
The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is one of the most popular features in the gardens, attracting over 150,000 young visitors each year. It features a wetland area, bamboo forest, gorge, plant tunnel and kitchen garden.
Other highlights of the Royal Botanic Gardens include the National Herbarium, Tropical Hothouse, Plant Craft Cottage and the Guilfoyle’s Volcano water reservoir. There are also three meditative Wellbeing Gardens, to encourage people to take time to relax and recharge in the peace of nature.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are one of Victoria’s most popular tourist attractions, with over 1.5 million visitors each year. Visitor services and facilities include a visitor centre, guided walks, two cafes and the Gardens Shop.
The Garden Explorer is a relaxing way to discover this 38 hectare garden. Hop on and off to enjoy live commentary and absorb the stunning views as you wind your way around the Gardens.