Established in 1846, Royal Botanic Gardens is a botanical garden expanding more than 38 hectares. The site is Australia’s important cultural landmark and a botanical institution.
It is also one of the most famous tourist spots that offer visitors mesmerizing views of breathtaking vistas and lakes and a diverse collection of native and non-native plants. A visit to the botanical garden offers nothing less than a delightful discovery experience.
Royal Botanic Gardens has more than 10,000 diverse plant species, such as rainforest flora, herbs, roses, cacti, and plants native to South China. Not only that, but the garden also serves as a natural sanctuary for wildlife, such as cockatoos, eels, and black swans.
The site also offers the most famous Aboriginal Heritage Walk, which allows visitors to take a 90-minute-long walking tour to discover native wildlife and plants. It also allows visitors to gain insight into the rich heritage of the First Peoples of Australia.
The walking tour is open till the end of December 2022 and charges $40 for adults and $20 for a child (12-17 years old). The tour session is held daily from Thursday to Sunday, starting at 11 am for 1.5 hours.
The Melbourne Gardens also has a children’s garden called The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden. It has a natural pond, bamboo forest, rainforest with rocks and sand, and a kitchen garden for children to learn and interact. One of the latest features is the Tree Tower that children can climb to experience a magnificent view of the garden from up high.
There are other facilities for local and international visitors, such as two cafes and a gift shop with souvenirs to take along. The garden also hosts theatre performances, outdoor cinema, and exhibitions in the summer months.
Royal Botanic Gardens is open daily from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm and has free-of-cost entry.