Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens has been a treasured part of Melbourne’s cultural life for more than 170 years – much loved by generations of Victorians and many visitors from interstate and overseas.
It is a picturesque haven for recreation and an essential resource for education, conservation, science and horticulture. Melbourne Gardens extends over 38 hectares and houses a collection of more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world, including amazing and diverse plant collections such as camellias, rainforest flora, cacti and succulents, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads, plants from Southern China and, in the Rare and Threatened Species Collection, plants from south-eastern Australia.
At the Gardens, you’ll find:
• The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden – is a magical place for children to discover the world of plants.
• The Arid Garden – has signage and activities for children to learn about cacti and succulents. Please note: adult supervision is recommended in the Arid Garden.
• The Fallen White Oak – a fun seating area for children to explore and climb over the limbs of a fallen tree.
Child-friendly activities highlights include:
• Seek and Find Nature Cards
• The Explorer
• Seeing the Invisible
The Gardens host many child-friendly activities throughout each season. Head to our what's on page for more information.
Price: admission is free
Open all days
April – September: 7:30am – 5:30pm
October – March: 7:30am – 7:30pm
Please note: the gardens close at 3 pm Wed-Sun until 7 August 2022 due to Lightscape. Please check website to confirm.