Ease into Green
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.