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“The mothership of botanic gardens.”

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
2,573 reviews
1,417 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,346 helpful votes
“The mothership of botanic gardens.”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

This is the mothership of botanic gardens.At 360 acres, its 10 times the size of city gardens. Amazing to think it is only half an hour's drive from Melbourne.
We loved the large areas of native bush and heaths and the dynamic displays of native species and contemporary sculptures. The red earth section is outstanding, bringing the outback into the suburbs.
We bought with us some lovely provisions and enjoyed lunch in the pleasant Stringybark picnic area,a short 2 km walk from the visitors centre. There are thoughtful shaded areas throughout the complex making walking a pleasure.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Eli B
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212 reviews
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“Brilliant day out”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

We had a great day here wandering around the gardens in the morning and then walking one of the tracks in the afternoon, complete with a visit to the lookout. The Australia Garden is a really interesting and informative place and the information team are really helpful. It's easy to get around and the labelling if good but not intrusive. Lots of birdlife around as well as loads of butterflies and, if you're lucky, you might even see a wallaby. Definitely recommended as a day out.

Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Would recommend a visit, great for a family day
The children will love this beautiful place.
Was recommended by a friend. A hidden treasure

Visited October 2013
1 Thank jude f
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“royal botanic gardens cranbourne”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

A trip to the RBG Cranbourne is well worth a visit as you will see plants from all over Australia, as well as artificial Deserts and Rivers, the gardens are situated on 400 odd hectares, with good bush walks and views of Westenport and Port Phillip Bays from the Trig point in the bush area.

there are two cafe;s in the park as well as plenty of Poteroos,Wallabies, Birds, and the odd lizard and snakes. Go and enjoy

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
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148 attraction reviews
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“No need to travel for days - see Australia in one place!”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

A second visit to the Australian Garden at Cranbourne, less than 50 kms from central Melbourne, proved to be a real eye opener recently. Although very impressed on the first visit some years ago, we were teased at that time by the large areas still being developed with the promise of a realistic reproduction of the arid Australian outback. The recent visit was a bonus in more than one way as not only were the promised developments there for all to see, but entry to State parks had been made free to the public since our last visit. The newly developed desert environments provide an immediate impact on the traveller as you enter the gardens via the centre's Visitor Centre which houses a restaurant, gift shop, rest rooms and other services. The deep red desert sands stretch out in front of the building and lead you on a journey through the various garden settings depicting many of the areas of Australia. The landscaping of the site has been created cleverly to allow for an interaction with the displays so that you walk through garden areas, crossing over wet areas and even allow children to play in the water course features. The gardens are a photographers' delight, with hundreds of plants close enough to get those often hard to get full-frame shots of flowers and birds. Fortunately, on our walk along the sandy bush track to the accompanying 'trig point', we did not come across a slithering Tiger snake, despite signs warning that 'Snakes share these paths". The area covered by the various gardens is considerable - some 37 acres - and so it was with some envy, that having reached the northern boundary of the park, we noticed the 3-carriage, Garden Explorer transporting those willing to part with $5 on a comfortable, guided tour of the site. Still, having reached that point, we were rewarded with a well made coffee and sweet pastries at the Northern Kiosk - an oasis for a short respite while recouping for the journey back to the Visitors' Centre and the exit. Some tips for travellers considering a visit are certainly to take the camera, but also be prepared for all types of weather - cover is not a big feature and you are open to the elements just about all of the walk. Hilly position means that it can often be 'blowy' and that can play havoc with the plant close-ups!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Denis C
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