The Australian Landscape Walk at Australia Garden

The Australian Landscape Walk at Australia Garden


Posted 2023-02-13 by Gayle Beveridge-Marienfollow

Sun 12 Feb 2023 - Sun 31 Dec 2023

Australia Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is a must-see. It is the Australian landscape on display. You could just turn up and wander the paths yourselves, taking in the amazing exhibition beds, the lakes and waterways, and the familiar and unusual plants but I recommend you treat yourselves to the Australian Landscape Walk.

The Australian Landscape Walk is a one hour guided tour of the Australia Garden. You will be introduced to a diversity of Australian plants, learn what is unique about them and how they have adapted to our climate, and how to apply it to your own garden. Australia Garden features the plants and eco-systems of South–east Australia and has more than 100,000 plants across 1,900 varieties.

Your Garden Ambassador will be a passionate narrator for your journey through this botanic wonderland where it will seem the whole of Australia has been gathered together. I hope you have your camera with you, you will want to record this, I certainly did. While you walk about keep an eye out, bandicoots and echidnas are regularly seen here.

On moving out of the Visitor Centre you will be captivated by the view of the Red Sand Garden and you could be excused for thinking you have just stepped into the Australian outback, into a desert vista. You will notice almost immediately the strong plantings of kangaroo paw, a favourite of the small black, white and yellow New Holland Honey Eaters. These little birds were there in abundance when I visited.

The Red Sand Garden is skirted to the left by a dry river bed which leads into the arid garden. Alongside the dry river bed, you will be guided through the Ironbark Garden, Box Garden, Peppermint Garden, Bloodwood Garden and Stringybark Garden before entering the Eucalypt Walk. Your guide will explain how these plants thrive in the Aussie landscape.

Then, you might imagine you have stepped back in time in the Gondwana Garden, so strange will the plants here seem to you. Take a breath when you reach the Ian Potter Lake Precinct. This too is a place of beauty and the birdlife is here in abundance; a clear illustration of how native plants attract our wildlife.

Up the back behind the Casuarina Grove and Seaside Garden things get a little more urban. Find wonderful inspiration here in the Lifestyle Garden, Greening Cities Garden, and Backyard Garden.

On the other side of the Red Sand Garden, alongside the waterway, sample garden beds illustrate plantings suitable for the aptly named Kids Garden, Diversity Garden, Future Garden, Hone Garden and my favourite the Water Saving Garden. Your guide will explain the advantages of growing plants suited to the Aussie environment. You might pick up some great ideas for your home.

You'll be pleased come the end of your guided walk as not only is there an onsite café and restaurant where you can take a break but Australia Garden is open until 5pm, so you will have plenty of time to revisit your favourite spots.

The walk is rated as easy, and it is. The paths here are well laid out and well-made; this is a world-class site. The walk is all in the outdoors so visitors should ensure they are dressed for the weather. The tour runs most days and begins at 11am. To arrange a different time, contact the Visitor Experience Team on 03 5990 2262.

Prices for the guided walk are Adults $15.00, Concession $12.00, Child (5 – 17 years) $8 and Children under 5 are free. Online bookings can be made on the 'Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Cranbourne Gardens - Australian Landscape Walk' website. General entry to the gardens is free.

Australia Garden is part of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne at the corner of Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne. You will find detailed directions on the 'Getting here' page on their website . The Australian Landscape Walk departs from the Visitors Centre. Call 03 5990 2200 for enquiries or visit the Royal Botanic Gardens – Cranbourne Gardens website.

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