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How to Get the Most Out of a Trip to Cranbourne Gardens

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Published September 6th 2013
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Cranbourne Botanic Gardens
The Red Sand Garden at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens taken by John O'Neil
I love gardens - looking at them as opposed to working in them - but getting around them and understanding what you're looking at can sometimes be quite challenging. So here are a couple of ideas that I discovered when planning for my next visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne.

On foot with a free Audio Guide

Download the podcast/Audio guide onto your phone or mp3 player which will take you on a guided tour around the gardens starting at the visitors centre. The podcast has interviews and stories that can help you understand what you're looking at. - Free

On foot with a Tour guide - Tour Flora Australis

Good footwear always helps, but the walkways at the Cranbourne make it very easy
I've been on this one and I found it fascinating as they guided and explained how the planting was organised and what story was being told by the arrangement of plants - $6.50

In an open air hop-on hop-off bus

Open air bus at the Cranbourne Gardens
The Open air bus at the Cranbourne Gardens. Image from the Gardens website.
When I heard about the possibility of touring the landscaped section of the site in an open air bus I was excited. I last visited Cranbourne Gardens during an open day before they had finished the landscaping. I really enjoyed the experience but this time I would like to take my elderly mother - and long distance walking isn't an option. - $5.00

There's no excuse so don't forget to pack sunscreen, a hat and a picnic lunch and water. If you need to be inspired more have a look at this article from the architects, it has lots of fabulous pictures.

Bookings: not required

Getting there: Car is your best option although according to the website it is possible to take the train to Cranbourne and then a taxi to the gardens (with the taxi costing around $15.00). There is also an infrequent bus service.

Parking: ample

Disabled Access friendly: yes

Kid friendly: yes
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Why? The 12 Apostles may be disappearing into the sea but the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens have risen out of the sand
When: Daily, 10am - 4pm
Phone: 5990 2200
Where: Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive Cranbourne VIC 3977
Cost: Free for entry, tours under $10.00 Audio free to download
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