I'm a student at La Trobe University in Bundoora studying history and cinema studies. I love writing about the amazing sites around Melbourne.
Published July 11th 2015
The Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens is a branch of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. Despite its distance from the city centre, it is well worth visiting and can be more peaceful and relaxing than the Melbourne one.
Within the park is the Australian Garden, a contemporary landscaped space, which is what this review will be focused on. The gardens which opened in 2006 are immaculately cared for and the landscaping work surrounding the plants is amazing. The space highlights the diversity and abundance of Australian flora.
The gardens have free entry which is located through the information desk, steps or a ramp (plus an elevator) takes you down to the gardens. The paths are flat and most are very easy to navigate for those with prams or wheelchairs. There is also a garden explorer vehicle which takes visitors on a tour around the gardens.
Australian native wildlife has made a home amongst the recently constructed gardens. There is a wide range of birds, especially water fowl and honeyeaters collecting the nectar from the flowers. Look out for the wallabies and bandicoots when driving into the gardens.
The gardens are a perfect place for kids to learn about the different plant species, as there are many activities and fact boards located throughout the gardens. The signage for the plant names is easy to spot and read. The garden is great for kids of all ages, with so many things to explore and activities to participate in.
Visitors are also encouraged to wade between the flags at one of the water features in the gardens. The water is very shallow and there are stepping stones to walk across. The rest of the water features are not accessible to visitors.
Unfortunately there is not much shelter if you happen to go on a rainy or windy day, so bring a coat. There are a few gazebos and two cafes, Boon Warrung cafe is located at the entrance and the Kiosk is at the opposite end of the gardens. As it is quiet during the week, both cafes are not always open. If you want to purchase gifts, the shop is located at the entrance opposite the information desk.
The Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens are worth visiting for the incredible range of Australian native plants and the unique landscaping style throughout the gardens which really brings the plants to life and highlights their diversity.
i love going there with my children. Great place that gets better with age. easy to get around as most of the paths are concrete or flat and easy for prams and wheelchairs. Great for a picnic or the cafes are great too. Great for a free day out .