Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

It is utterly beautiful at the Royal Botanic Gardens just across the river from Melbourne CBD, and it’s packed full of history, too. Set a blanket out under one of the many gigantic, shady trees or along the soft green grass and watch the day float by. Grab a Tiffin for two from Jardin Tan while you’re there if you’ve not packed sustenance, and don’t forget to stroll around the heritage buildings for a look-see. The kids will love the Ian Potter Children’s Garden (with water play fun on hot days) and the kitchen garden will have you inspired to grow your own at home.

Facilities: Check the website for a detailed list.

Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm weekdays, 9.30am – 5pm weekends and public holidays (closed Christmas Day and New Years Day).

Getting There: 

Located at Birdwood Avenue, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Melbourne Gardens is approximately two kilometres from Melbourne's city centre.
T +61 3 9252 2429
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For detailed public transport information, visit Public Transport Victoria.

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle

The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle stops at Melbourne Gardens. The shuttle completes a circuit around Melbourne and runs every 30 minutes from 9.30am – 4.30pm daily. For $5, you can hop on and hop off at any of the 15 stops including Stop 13, Melbourne Gardens/Shrine of Remembrance.

For more information, visit Melbourne Visitor Shuttle.


Street metered car parking for up to four hours is generally easy to find close to entry gates. Please note that parking conditions vary according to nearby events. The City of Melbourne enforces parking restrictions in the area. Disabled parking bays are marked on the Gardens Map.


Designated bicycle paths along the Yarra River and Melbourne CBD lead to Melbourne Gardens. Please note that riding of bicycles in the gardens is not permitted. Dedicated bicycle parking is available at Observatory Gate.