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Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

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by Raymondo (subscribe)
A newcomer to Melbourne, I love exploring the city and sourrounds by day and night, finding bargains, learning new things, the great outdoors and Melbourne life in general.
Published May 23rd 2014
Not only for green fingers
The highlight of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is the award-winning 15 hectare Australian Garden.

This is a spectacular display of Australian flora, landscapes, art and architecture which showcases the diversity of landscapes in the continent of Australia. It features more than 170,000 native plants representing more than 1,400 plant varieties.

There are informative displays on adapting to climate change, reducing water intake, and the geographical history of Australia.

There is also lots of practical advice from various features including How to Garden, Promenade Plaza, the Backyard Garden, the Lifestyle Garden, the Diversity Garden and the Home Garden.

There are plenty of options to make a day of it. Enjoy a picnic by the lake or take a bush walk or cycle amongst the many tracks. The walks range from 10 minutes to one and a half hours so there is something for all abilities.

From Trig Point Lookout you have a 360 degree view taking in the city skyline, Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. Be sure to look out for native wildlife, including wallabies, possums and the Southern Brown Bandicoot.

If all this activity works up an appetite, there is the Boon Warrung Café and kiosk. On site you will find a gardens shop with a range of gift ideas, as well as a visitor centre.

Throughout the year, a number of events and workshops take place such as gardening workshops and night tours for children.

It's a different experience to the city Botanical Gardens and a real taste of Australian flora. Entrance and car parking are free which makes it an ideal family day-out. Should you wish, you can ride the trolley which makes stops throughout the gardens with commentary on-board for a cost of $7.50 per person.
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Why? To appreciate an Australian Garden
When: Daily except Christmas Day 9-5
Where: Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne 3977
Cost: Free
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