Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne Guide:
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne transports you to an oasis of peace and calm, far away from the traffic and concrete inherent to a modern city such as Melbourne. Escape to a lush land of beautifully landscaped gardens, where greenery abounds and a generous sprinkling of exquisite water features, sculptures and heritage buildings add character.
With over 50,000 plants from across the world, including cacti, aquatic plants, oaks and ferns, orchids and a wide range of rare and endangered plants, the interestingly laid out gardens provide an interesting insight into the diversity of the Plant Kingdom. You can even sight foxes, turtles, frogs and possums besides beautiful butterflies fluttering from flower to flower and over 50 species of birds nesting in the grounds.
Experience the magical settings of a tropical rainforest at the Tropical Glasshouse; take a walk through the garden’s world-famous Camellia Collection; and enjoy scintillating views of the city from afar at Guilfoyle’s Volcano. Visit the National Herbarium of Victoria and learn how to watch the skies and identify celestial stars at the historic Melbourne Observatory.
The gardens are also a great place to enjoy a stroll through the scenic pathways or simply sit back and enjoy a high tea at the Royal Botanic Gardens venues such as the Terrace, the Observatory Cafe or the Melbourne Observatory. You can also pack a picnic and enjoy it in the lush grounds or by the lakesides. Children will love a visit to the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden. Other not-to-be-missed features of the gardens include the Australian Forest Walk, the Fern Gully, the Herb Garden, Rare and Threatened Species Collection and Water Conservation Garden.