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Published January 2nd 2014
Impressive garden collection in a busy city
Established in 1846 by Lieutenant Governor Charles La Trobe is Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens. Sitting on thirty eight hectares of landscaped gardens; ranging from a mix of native and exotic vegetation including over ten thousand individual species.
There are around thirty one plant collections on display ranging from large trees to colourful perennials Some of the plant collections include Water Conservation Garden, which consists of exotic plants with low water requirements; the Tropical Glass House that is filled with eye-catching tropical plants from all regions around the world; the Rose Collections which is filled with the spectacular soft scent, delicate and colourful roses.
There are also other garden collections ranging from Southern China Collections, Southwest South Pacific Gardens, Southern Africa, Palms, Oak Collections, Lake System Wetlands, Herb Garden, Ian Potter Foundation Garden Collection and many more magnificent collections.
For the little ones there are five thousand square metres dedicated as a discovery area for children of all ages and abilities. The Ian Potter Children's Garden is based in South Yarra off the main site and is a must see, even for the kid-at-heart adults.
There are many entrances into the gardens. It is such a calm and relaxing way to spend a day or a few hours. It is the perfect way to take in nature, clear your mind and enjoy a picnic... even finding a secluded spot to spend a romantic day with your partner.
There are plenty of picnic areas, playgrounds and it is the perfect way to spend time with the family and take time away from the busy city life without physically being away from the city.
The gardens are also perfect for that special event, including wedding ceremonies. Check the website for further information on this.
There are many spectacular picnic spots around the garden or you can also enjoy a picnic under the trees. There are many facilities here too from toilets, BBQ areas, information centre as well as a Cafe and Tea Rooms.
The Terrace serves fine food, wine and of course boasts amazing views of the gardens that overlook the Ornamental Lake to Government House. It offers both indoor and outdoor dining. It is open for lunch- from October- April, Monday- Sunday from 9am-5pm and from May- September, Monday – Sunday: 9:45am-4pm.
The Observatory Cafe is a market-style cafe which serves a range of light snacks and meals, homemade ice-creams and take-away lunches too. It is opened from 7am-5pm daily and there is both indoor and outdoor seating.
Some of the cute wildlife and lakes around the gardens...
The gardens are easily accessible with a 15 minute walk or five minute tram ride from Flinders Street Station to Domain Road Interchange. The trams to catch are 3, 5, 8, 16, 64, and 67. There is also street parking available for 2 to 4 hours.