Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
4.5
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Visit Melbourne's inner-city oasis. Over 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to an amazing range of wildlife.
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4.5
10,135 reviews
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7,444
Very good
2,373
Average
280
Poor
25
Terrible
13

thetaylors2017
Newcastle, Australia68 contributions
We had a full day on Boxing Day of exploring the Botanic Gardens with our young kids (aged 8 and 5). We all enjoyed the shuttle around the gardens with knowledgeable guide who pointed out so many interesting things, punting on the lake (we didn't book ahead so had to wait 2 hours on such a busy day), and exploring the gardens on foot. A big walking day and it was quite hot, but enough shady places to keep cool.

I recommend taking your own food, snacks and water as the cafe on site is crazy expensive. We took everything with us, but paid top dollar for an ice cream treat for the kids. We didn't mind as the money clearly goes to the upkeep of the gardens and grounds.
Written January 21, 2020
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Stuart M
5 contributions
Enjoyed Veritys take on the gardens, Verity is the local guide on the garden electric tour bus. There is a great need to improve the signage from the tram stop, although there are recommendations to take the tram to the gardens there is absolutely no assistance at the stop to locate them. Come on organisers, organise, to enable more people to visit this great site easily. A few, well sited signs would assist greatly.
Written April 30, 2022
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We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us and thanks for leaving your honest review. Currently we have a team working on ways to improve access and wayfinding within and around the Gardens. There are plans to include a tram stop dedicated to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne in the near future as part of the St. Kilda tram works upgrade. Hopefully this will ensure an easy option for visitors in the future. We look forward to seeing you back soon.
Written May 20, 2022
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia12,089 contributions
My wife and I visited these beautiful Gardens after we visited The Shrine of Remembrance. We had booked a High Tea at Jardin Tan Restaurant next to the Visitor's Centre and wanted to have a walk specifically in The Fern Gully Tracks, The Sensory Garden and The Tropical Glasshouse, before our meal at that restaurant.

These Gardens are always very well maintained and are an excellent asset for the public to enjoy. I have been to various Botanic Gardens in Australia and in other countries and I consider The Royal Botanic Gardens in Victoria to be the best in Australia.
Written May 12, 2022
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Thank you for leaving such a positive review. Many guests have given us the same feedback, so I think we are onto a good thing. We welcome you back anytime .
Written May 20, 2022
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Myclare
Melbourne252 contributions
Couples
A beautiful autumn day in Melbourne last Thursday so decided to lunch in the gardens as we had not been there for years. The gardens are a delight, not quite ready to put on their best autumn colours yet. Lunch on the other hand was impossible. The cafe by the lake was closed, the Kiosk had nothing of interest and after being seated in Jardin Tan and not even our order taken for 30 minutes we walked out and they didn’t even notice. Next time we will take a picnic lunch, there a seats everywhere to enjoy. Came home quite deflated. Lift your game Botanical caterers.
Written May 1, 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to let us know that your visit the Gardens was not satisfactory. We have shared your comments with our food and beverage tenants, as well as our development team, so they are aware of this and can make improvements. We hope to have all of our cafes operating again as soon as the 7 day COVID-19 circuit breaker has ended.
Written May 31, 2021
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Paul B
Chirnside Park, Australia254 contributions
Couples
Went to the lights show at night qt the botanical Gardens. You need to book ahead but it was well worth it. Amazing displays and even with a small amount of rain it could not dampen the atmosphere. Be patient for photos as you will get time. A lovely stroll and the cost was fair.
Written July 9, 2022
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Hi Paul, we are so glad you enjoyed your night at Lightscape and that not even the wet weather could rain on your parade! We will pass on your lovely feedback to our Lightscape team and hope to see you back in the gardens soon.
Written July 12, 2022
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megan_hanna16
Geelong, Australia31 contributions
Couples
We spent a few hours wandering through the gardens in the Autumn sunshine. They’re beautifully maintained and it was great to see such a huge range of people enjoying them - families, couples, old, young, dogs (on leads). There was a concert at Government House, and while we weren’t invited, we enjoyed the singing that floated out of the grounds! Sylvia Paladino singing “Hallelujah” was a fitting soundtrack to our meandering.
Written March 21, 2021
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Thank you for writing such a beautiful 5 star review of the gardens. Autumn is definitely one of the best times to visit with gorgeous natural light and a wide array of seasonal colour transitions. We do have something special to offer all year around, so we hope that you will join us again soon. We strive to make the gardens accessible for everyone, and your comment about seeing the diverse range of visitors really reinforces that we are on the right track. Also, loved reading how you were treated to the floating vocal stylings of Silvie Paladino from the concert at Government House. In the future, you may enjoy attending our Harp Meditation concerts composed and performed by harpist Michael Johnson.
Written June 8, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia11,211 contributions
The Royal Botanic Gardens have been one of the city's showpieces since Melbourne's earliest days. The majestic mature European trees can hardly be replicated elsewhere. The colourful flowers blossom prolifically, especially in Spring. The great variety of plant species fascinate visitors and botanists alike. The Gardens are walking distance from the CBD, across Princes Bridge.
Written August 8, 2022
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Thank you for your lovely feedback 619jeffry. We are very glad you enjoyed your visit. The gardens are beautiful all year around and hope to see you again soon.
Written August 9, 2022
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904agnesc
Zoutleeuw, Belgium301 contributions
Just a few minutes walk from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne city center, there's this massive green lung, full of flowers, nice trees, lakes and birds. Roam around, ignore the roadsigns and just get lost in this massive garden. You can enjoy a nice cuppa near the entrance. In the gift shop there are interesting books at a more than affordabe price.
Make sure to bring your camera.
Written August 28, 2022
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Thank you so much for your lovely review of the Melbourne Gardens, we think it is very special place too. If you would like to experience the gardens in a different way be sure to book onto one of tours . There is an Explorer bus service, Aboriginal Heritage Walks, Forest Therapy and Free Guided walks on offer. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written August 28, 2022
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PhilMalone
Footscray, Australia1,339 contributions
The Melbourne Botanical Gardens is one of my favourite places to visit in my city. The scenes are perfect for photographers. The Gardens are a great place to relax - with many nooks to get away from crowds and have a peaceful reflection. The cafe next to the lake is worth a visit - I enjoyed a tasty Chai Latte there on a recent Sunday morning. I highly recommend a visit to these Gardens (free entry) on your next visit to Melbourne.
Written January 17, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review the gardens. We are often told that the gardens is a favourite destination from our visitors, so we are so fortunate to have a such a special place right in the heart of Melbourne. We agree that the gardens is one of the most tranquil places to spend time in all of Melbourne. The views of the city backdrop in the near distance are absolutely breathtaking and, as you mentioned, great for photography. One of our favourite views is on Central Lawn looking down at Central Lake and Government House. This is the area where Moonlight Cinema is held during the summer months. We hope that you will visit us again soon.
Written July 5, 2021
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Rachel P
London, UK42 contributions
Unfortunately it rained badly most of the day we were in Melbourne city and it started raining on our way to the Botanic Gardens. Despite the awful weather, we had a nice walk around the gardens and saw some nice flowers and plants. I'm sure it would be even (well, a lot) better when the weather is nice.
Written April 24, 2020
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Thank you for leaving a positive review. We are glad you were able to have a nice walk, despite the rain. We would love to see you back on a clear and sunny day.
Written April 29, 2020
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