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  • Address: Birdwood Avenue
  • Hours: Open 7:30am - sunset every day
  • Admission: Free

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Royal Botanic Gardens

The lovely landscaped grounds of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens spread for almost 100 acres south of the city center, providing Melbourne with the much-appreciated foliage of more than 50,000 plants.

The gardens were established in 1846, and over the years they've become recognised as one of the finest examples of Victorian-era landscaping in the world. The mix of native and introduced species provides inspiration for would-be gardeners, and the manicured lawns are a popular spot for picnics and parties.

You'll find tranquil ornamental lakes dotted with waterbirds, a herbarium and an observatory, plus conservatories and glasshouses filled with exotic blooms. Follow winding pathways past fern gullies and eucalyptus, or join Melbourne's joggers running rings around The Tan, the gardens' running track

Practical Info

Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens are on the southern bank of the Yarra River, edging the upmarket suburb of South Yarra. They're a pleasant 15-minute walk from the city center – just cross the river to St Kilda Road then follow your nose into the trees. Trams run up and down St Kilda Road throughout the day, or you can take a South Yarra-bound tram to Domain Road to enter the gardens through the main gate.

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Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 206 Reviews

Discover the best of Melbourne on a morning sightseeing tour that includes an optional boat cruise along the Yarra River. First travel by comfortable coach to ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 to 5 hours

From USD $50.76

Melbourne City Afternoon Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 99 Reviews

Explore Melbourne on an afternoon coach tour of the outskirts of the CBD and also visit the inner suburbs of St Kilda, Brighton and Elwood. See vibrant ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.82

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 194 Reviews

Cruise the Yarra river and admire Melbourne's spectacular skyline on a two hour narrated city cruise. Your cruise includes both the down and up river routes, ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $21.34

Aboriginal Melbourne Tour: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Museum and Koorie Heritage Trust

Take an Aboriginal tour through Melbourne, known as the Kulin Nation to its traditional owners. Journey into their ancestral lands during an Aboriginal ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.76

River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Cruise up Melbourne's famous Yarra River and enjoy the sights of Melbourne's scenic gardens, parklands and famous sporting arenas. This one-hour sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $16.92

Melbourne Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore Melbourne by bike with a local guide who shows you famous locations and little-known gems on an intimate 2-wheeled tour through the city. Snap photos ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $80.19

Half-Day Melbourne City Tour Including Yarra River Cruise From Melbourne

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Cruise the calm waters of the Yarra River, past Melbourne's art, food and shopping precincts towards the Docklands area. Back on land join your premium ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.54

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