Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne offers a natural bushland experience alongside the Australian Garden, an award-winning, contemporary botanic garden celebrating the beauty and diversity of Australian landscapes and flora and featuring over 100,000 plants from 1,900 plant varieties.
The bushland has over 450 indigenous plant species and includes over 10km of walking tracks, six kilometres of cycling tracks, a lookout tower, picturesque shelters, barbecues and playgrounds. It is a precious remnant of the vegetation that once covered the broader region and is actively managed to control the number of non-indigenous plants and exotic weeds.
There is a range of visitor programs, as well as self-guided walks available throughout the year.
At Cranbourne Gardens, you’ll find:
• Kid’s Backyard within the Australian Garden – where children can ‘climb’ up the tail of a ‘Hortisaurus’ dinosaur, along its back and slide down its tongue.
• Woodlands Picnic area – has a playground, BBQ facilities, covered picnic tables and an extensive grassland for playing.
• During Victorian School Holidays the Kids Explorer bus tour runs free for children aged up to 17 years. The tour is tailored to engage with children and their families.
Seek and Find Nature cards.
The Gardens host many child-friendly activities throughout each season. Head to our what's on page for more information.
Please note that for the safety of your beloved pet, and the native wildlife, no dogs are allowed at the Cranbourne Gardens (unless they are a disability assistance animal). During Fire Danger Season, some facilities and tracks at Cranbourne Gardens may be closed.
Last entry is 4.30 pm with the Gardens closing at 5.00 pm daily.
Open 9 am to 5 pm daily (last entry 4.30 pm) | Closed on Christmas Day