The Royal Botanical Gardens
Iconic buildings, breathtaking landscapes and a collection of rare and threatened plants from around the world await visitors at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. Established in 1846, the garden is considered one of the finest examples of Victorian-era landscaping in the world. Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the Royal Botanical Gardens designation in 1958. Encompassing almost 100 acres, this internationally renowned botanical garden contains over 10,000 individual native and exotic plant species.
Located on the south bank of the Yarra River in the center of Melbourne, this city treasure is convenient to guests staying at Crown Hotels. Endemic Australian flora and an indigenous rain forest are set amid vast stretches of beautifully designed gardens featuring plants from around the world. This diverse collection includes colourful camellias, cacti, succulents and roses along with a variety of perennials and plants from southern China. The Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne is also a sanctuary for native wildlife, such as black swans, cockatoos and kookaburras.
Stroll the delightful pathways, breathe in the enchanting aroma and be spellbound by the blooming landscaped garden. This urban oasis is a place where children explore and families and couples enjoy picnics by the lake. Individuals can relax and recharge in the tranquil setting. Treat yourself to high tea on the terrace set against a backdrop of the stunning gardens, the lawns and the serene lake.
One of the most popular attractions, the botanical garden features the National Herbarium, the Plant Craft Cottage and the Tropical Hothouse as well as Guilfoyle's Volcano reservoir. The Aboriginal Heritage Walk enables guests to experience the rich ancestral culture of Australia's native people and their traditional use of plants for food, tools and medicine. The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden is a popular family attraction. Younger guests can play in the wetland area, climb on rocks, crawl through plant tunnels and hide in the bamboo forest. They can also learn about herbs and spices in the kitchen garden. The ‘Tan Track’ is a perimeter track with a tan-coloured stone aggregate surface that serves as a popular jogging path for locals.
Enjoy informative live commentary aboard the Garden Explorer people mover, which is a relaxing way to experience this important educational, scientific and horticultural resource. The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria also hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year, including outdoor theater performances during the summer. With its commitment to conservation and stunning beauty, the Royal Botanical Gardens designation is well deserved. Situated just a few hundred meters from the Central Business District, the botanical garden offers travellers a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.