Royal Botanic Gardens Tours

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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

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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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Address: Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne 3000, Australia
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Hours: Open 7:30am - sunset every day
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Admission: Free
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Aboriginal Heritage Walk - Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

This fascinating tour will introduce you to the ancestral lands of the Koolin nation and teach you about Aboriginal traditions. You won’t have to worry about getting lost, as an Aboriginal guide will accompany you around Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Garden. Enjoy learning about indigenous plants and trees, and their uses for food and medicine. It’ll be a fascinating cultural experience as you’ll be part of a traditional smoking ceremony, and also get to sample lemon myrtle tea.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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4-Day Melbourne Tour: City Sightseeing, Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island

Discover Australia’s cultural capital, take a thrilling road trip along the Great Ocean Road and spot wildlife on Phillip Island with this action-pack 4-day tour, including accommodation. Explore Melbourne on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour; see koalas, kangaroos and Tasmanian Devils at Maru Animal Park; and watch the evening Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Then, set out along the Great Ocean Road, stopping to snap photos of the Twelve Apostles and Apollo Bay, and learn the legends of the Shipwreck Coast.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

Spend an evening on the Yarra River during this Melbourne dinner cruise. As you admire the twinkling city lights reflecting on the water, enjoy a 4-course gourmet meal of dishes like smoked lamb and pork loin. This fine dining experience includes beer, wine and spirits, as well as coffee, tea, dessert, port and a cheese plate. Cruise past attractions like Federation Square and the Royal Botanic Gardens while soaking up the elegant and relaxing atmosphere of the boat.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Half-Day Melbourne City Tour Including Yarra River Cruise From Melbourne

First time in Melbourne? See the city from all angles as you combine a comprehensive tour of Australia’s cultural capital with a scenic cruise down the Yarra River. Sail past waterfront landmarks like Melbourne Aquarium, Crown Casino and Southbank, then hop on a coach tour, passing famous sites like Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Park and the Etihad Stadium. Jump off along the way to stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens, browse the shops in lively St Kilda or snap photos of the colorful beach huts of Brighton Beach.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Melbourne City Afternoon Tour

Get a great introduction to the history and culture of Melbourne on this guided half-day city tour by coach. See highlights of the city’s bustling Central Business District, and cruise by sporting landmarks like the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Etihad Stadium. Stretch your legs at the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens and take in the modern energy of the city’s revitalized Docklands area. Venture as far as St Kilda and Brighton, where you can snap photos of the beachy suburb’s iconic colorful bathing boxes.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

Spend a delightful morning exploring top Melbourne sights from aboard a comfortable coach. Learn about the city’s fascinating history from your informative driver and guide as you explore highlights such as the Queen Victoria Market, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Parliament House and Cook’s Cottage. To extend your sightseeing, upgrade to an optional 1-hour cruise along the scenic Yarra River.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

Discover Melbourne’s history and highlights on this guided Yarra River cruise. Float past the city’s towering skyscrapers and lovely urban gardens while learning about the transformation of this vibrant city from 19th-century port town to a modern cultural capital. Your sightseeing cruise will take you upriver and downriver for a scenic overview of attractions on both banks.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise

Take in a bounty of Melbourne’s highlights along the scenic Yarra River on this narrated sightseeing cruise. Spend a delightful hour aboard a riverboat as you glide under the Princes Bridge and past beautiful river gardens, Herring Island, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and other top cultural attractions.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Melbourne Bike Tour with Lunch

See more of the Melbourne sites that interest you on this half-day, guided bike tour. From hidden laneways to historic landmarks, get an insider’s perspective on the best of Melbourne while enjoying the speed and flexibility of touring on two wheels. Start your tour in central Melbourne or the cruise port to suit your interests. Bikes, gear and lunch are included on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Melbourne City Tour with Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Dinner

Get a great introduction to Melbourne with this full-day tour that combines three unique types of city transport. Cruise down the Yarra River for a glimpse of Melbourne’s aquatic attractions, then hop aboard a coach for a sightseeing tour of the city’s athletic and cultural highlights. End the day with a delicious three-course dinner aboard a historic tramcar while the ‘restaurant on wheels’ rolls through Melbourne’s charming suburbs.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Half-Day Melbourne City Laneways and Arcades Tour with Eureka Skydeck

Short on time? Take in Melbourne’s best bits on this 4-hour tour, including hotel pick-up. Browse the stalls at the Queen Victoria Market, visit Captain Cook's Cottage (own expense) in Fitzroy Gardens, drive past Melbourne Cricket Ground and see Little Italy and Chinatown. After a comprehensive coach tour, set out on a guided walking tour of the city’s Victorian shopping arcades, colorful laneways and street art hot spots. Cap it all off with entrance to the Eureka Skydeck, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Melbourne.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Melbourne City Afternoon Tour with Punting at the Gardens

Discover the highlights of Melbourne on an afternoon sightseeing tour by coach. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride in the Royal Botanic Garden’s Ornamental Lake by punt, a shallow boat that glides across the waters. Then ride by coach through the city and beachside suburbs to see Melbourne Park, the Docklands, Albert Park, St Kilda, the Brighton beach boxes and more. This is the perfect introduction to Melbourne for people who have limited time.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Melbourne City Sights Afternoon Tour

Get to the heart of Victoria’s cosmopolitan capital on a private sightseeing tour tailored to your interests. Spend the afternoon strolling the Royal Botanic Gardens, checking out famous sporting arenas like the MCG, or joining the beach scene in St. Kilda. Whether it's food, shopping, street art, or history you’re after, a dedicated guide will give you the inside scoop on the city, all with the comfort of private transportation.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Aboriginal Melbourne Tour: Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Museum and Koorie Heritage Trust

Journey back in time and discover Melbourne’s fascinating Aboriginal roots on this 6-hour heritage tour. Learn how the city was once known as the ‘Kulin Nation’ as you explore the Royal Botanic Gardens with an indigenous guide and take part in a traditional smoking ceremony. After lunch at the Charcoal Lane restaurant (included), pay a visit to the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum and the Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square. This small-group tour has a maximum of 12 participants.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half-Day Melbourne Kayak Tour

Enjoy a 2.5-hour kayak tour on the Yarra River with an expert guide who shows you Melbourne from the water. You can either head downstream into the heart of the city to see sites such as the Old Customs House, Turning Basin, Melbourne Maritime Museum and the Crown Casino. Or venture upstream to paddle past the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Herring Island, which features sculptures by native Australian and international artists. Your tour includes informative commentary and light refreshments, with afternoon or evening departures.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Melbourne Afternoon Photography Tour

Melbourne’s futuristic architecture, idyllic parks and modern waterfront offer ample opportunities for budding photographers. This 3-hour afternoon photography tour will help you capture the magic of Melbourne on camera, with expert tips from a professional photographer, and a guided tour of the city’s most memorable monuments.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Garden Explorer - Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Venture through Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Garden with ease on this Garden Explorer tour. This efficient small-group tour takes you through the impressive gardens on an eco-friendly bus. Over the course of just 30 minutes, you’ll see highlights like the Rose Pavilion, Guilfoyle's Volcano, Southern China Collection, and more. Hop off at Ornamental Lake for tea or a walk before your return to Oak Lawn.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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The Explorer - Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

The Explorer is the most convenient way to navigate Cranbourne's 15 hectare Australia Garden as part of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. The perfect snapshot experience whether you are visiting the Gardens for a full day excursion or looking to break the journey on route to Phillip Island. Departing from the main visitor centre this informative and engaging experience explores all the major highlights of one of Victoria's best kept secrets. Discover the iconic Australian landscape on this 25-minute, open-air bus tour led by one of our expert guides.  From the Red Sand Garden, journey along the east coast of Australia around the river bend before winding back through the Peppermint Garden, taking in the wonders and beauty of the native bush.
  • Duration: 25 minutes
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  • Duration: 25 minutes
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2-Hour Self-Drive Boat Hire on the Yarra River

Enjoy a private 2-hour cruise on the Yarra River with this self-drive boat rental in Melbourne. No license is required to drive this vessel, which has a fully enclosed cabin option if needed. Bring up to 10 friends and family members on board for a relaxing and scenic cruise. Create your own sightseeing tour by passing top attractions such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Southbank, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Federation Square and the Docklands. You can even disembark at Herring Island Park to walk around its outdoor sculpture park.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Trike Tour of Yarra Bend Park Melbourne for Two

Discover the history and wildlife of Melbourne’s largest open swathe of wilderness during a private trike tour of Yarra Bend Park. Enjoy the fun and fresh air from your private trike — a 3-wheeled motorcycle that seats two passengers and the driver — as you cruise past the Royal Botanic Gardens and wind through Richmond, Kew and Fairfield to reach the park. Learn about its fascinating history from your guide, and soak up the scenery, which includes lush riverbanks, boathouses and a large population of native Australian flying foxes.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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