Ease into Green

Melbourne Official Visitor Guide - - See & Do -

Sum­mer is the per­fect time to ex­plore the Royal Botanic Gar­dens Vic­to­ria with fam­ily and friends.

Just a short stroll from Mel­bourne’s CBD, you’ll find your­self sur­rounded by na­ture, ma­jes­tic trees and beau­ti­fully manicured gar­dens. Es­tab­lished in 1846, Mel­bourne Gar­dens is now con­sid­ered to be one of the world’s finest ex­am­ples of a botan­i­cal gar­den. More than 8500 species of plants from across the globe grow here, cre­at­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary place for city dwellers and vis­i­tors to get away from the bus­tle of the city.


Here are five places to dis­cover within Mel­bourne Gar­dens this sum­mer…

01 The Magic Pud­ding Sculp­ture

Set in the midst of the Ian Pot­ter Foun­da­tion Chil­dren’s Gar­den is this bronze sculp­ture by Louis Lau­men de­pict­ing the char­ac­ters — Bun­yip Bluegum, Bill Bar­na­cle, the Magic Pud­ding and Sam Sawnoff — from Nor­man Lind­say’s fa­mous pic­ture book.

02 Fern Gully

Step into this cool, shady mi­cro­cli­mate, com­mon through­out the Aus­tralian bush, and fol­low the stream that flows be­neath lush tree ferns.

03 Trop­i­cal Glasshouse

In this re-cre­ation of a rain­for­est, see beau­ti­ful or­chids, huge king ferns and the ti­tan arum, the fa­mous res­i­dent with a flower that smells like a rot­ting corpse.

04 Rare and Threat­ened Species Col­lec­tion

Lo­cated on Cen­tral Lawn, these six beds har­bour plants from around Vic­to­ria that are threat­ened by habi­tat changes.

05 Guil­foyle’s Vol­cano

There’s no chance of an erup­tion since this is ac­tu­ally an his­toric reser­voir built at the high­est point of the Gar­dens. Wan­der around the board­walk for amaz­ing views of the city.

Mel­bourne Gar­dens

Chil­drenʼs Gar­den

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