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Punt Tours in the Botanic Gardens

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published August 22nd 2013
Take a punt in our Royal Botanic Gardens
Image: Wikimedia Commons, Punting on Avon River in Christchurch, Author Roger Wong

This is so very Oxford or Cambridge. So very Edwardian.

It is also such a brilliant idea that I am surprised no-one came up with it before. Perhaps because we usually associate punts with rivers.

But the huge ornamental lake in the Botanic Gardens is just perfect for the traditional pastime of punting.

Ornamental Lake Botanic Gardens
Source: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Think of it: the sun on your back, gliding over still waters, in and out of various coves and sanctuaries, drifting under foliage. You are in the midst of the city but surrounded by tranquillity.

The 30 minute tours are being offered by Punt Tours Melbourne a new company where the punters wear traditional blazers and straw boaters.

They will give expert commentary on the history, wildlife, aquatic plants and other botanic delights of the Gardens.

The three wooden punts have been hand-crafted from Jarrah and Victorian Ash and are in the classic Cambridge design characterised by a flat bottom without a keel and propelled by a 5m pole known as a 'quant'.

They were built in Christchurch, NZ from Australian timber by an Australian boat builder and weigh 300kg.

Nicki Baird from Punt Tours Melbourne said the team "were grateful to the City of Melbourne, which provided a small business start-up grant to help us establish the business."

Tours begin in spring and depart from the front of the Terrace and cruise around the lake's islands and bays.

Photo Wikipedia - This was taken on the Avon River but gives you some idea of what punting is all about

Source: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

This is a wonderful chance for you to renew your acquaintance with our lovely Gardens as well as seeing them from a new perspective.

It all seems so elegant, so gentile, so Melbourne .

Boat builder Jeff Walkerden working on the wood finish for the new Melbourne punts.
Source: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
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Why? For a new view of Melbourne's beautiful gardens
When: Will begin in October 2013
Phone: 9252 2429 for more information.
Where: Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Cost: $25 Concession tickets will also be available.
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