Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
4.5
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Visit Melbourne's inner-city oasis. Over 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to an amazing range of wildlife.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • akka
    Perth, Australia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute delight!
    It's a perfect place to explore and admire the abundance of wildlife, variety of plants and sustainable practices. Plus, you might even spot a kangaroo or two! It's a great spot to spend the day, so don't miss out!
    Hi akkan2017, We really appreciate your review of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne! Thank you for highlighting the different areas of the gardens you enjoyed. We look forward to you visiting again!
    Written 9 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 8 May 2023
  • Peter D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Garden Must Visit in Melbourne
    These widely admired, extensive gardens right at the centre of Melbourne on the Yarra River is worth devoting 3 or 4 hours to exploring. I have been there more than 30 times, at all seasons, sometimes with large parties of children and other times as a couple or alone. If fact, one of my sons and his bride had part of their wedding ceremony there.
    Hi! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we are happy to hear you are a frequent visitor. Our amazing team of botanists, horticulturalists, arborists, and others do incredible work to keep the Royal Botanic Gardens looking beautiful year-round. We appreciate you sharing all the wonderful experiences you have had here with family and friends. We hope that you will visit us again soon!
    Written 28 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 10 June 2023
  • MelbourneLisha
    Melbourne, Australia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant Guide
    Marie, our guide was so knowledgeable she made everyone feel so comfortable & really engaged with everyone in the group. She really helped me see, smell & learn so much in our beautiful Botanical gardens. Trees I have never paid any attention to before & the many fragrances from flowers & plants.
    We are so glad you have found a new appreciation of plants and trees and hope you can share that with friends and family.
    Written 15 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Rosieg30
    87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    We visited the Gardens fort he first time as part of Lightscape and now cannot wait to return in daylight hours. Lightscape was amazing and highlighted the beautiful gardens in such a magical way. The gardens are a must see for every Victorian plus visitors to Victoria.
    We are glad you were able to experience the Gardens in this unique way and look forward to welcoming you again.
    Written 24 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Helda S
    Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Magical experience
    Forest Therapy at the Royal Botanical Gardens. We did the 2 hour session which was absolutely glorious. A wonderful way to experience the Gardens . We connected to nature through all our senses; explored parts of the gardens that are often overlooked ; enjoyed a beautiful grounding meditation to start us all off . The guides were knowledgeable and warm hosts and made everyone feel welcome
    Hi Helda, thank you for leaving such a kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the gardens and your Forest Therapy session. We will pass on the feedback to your guide and look forward to having you back in the future!
    Written 28 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Gordon R
    Perth, Australia13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ligh up your life
    We went for the light show. Spectacular show. Amazing work by the organisers. Bit dissapointed I didn't see a seniors discount available as it was over $40 each. Bit crowded on Saturday night but still ok.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore377 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lightscape
    We visited The Botanic Garden in the evening for the Lightscape Melbourne. Amazing lighting, music and walk around the garden. It certainly makes the trees and plants look more alive and colourful on a winter night! Took us about 1hr+ to complete the whole walk.
    Hi Johnstanno, We are glad that you had such a wonderful night at Lightscape! We agree it is definitely a great way to experience our beautiful gardens in a new light. We hope to see you again soon! :)
    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Hany G
    Bakersfield, California1,132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful garden!
    We went for a morning walk early in the morning. It is a cute, well maintained garden that has some exotic plants. It is a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are also cafes inside the garden that they open early so you can grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the garden.
    Hi There! Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a nice review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Gardens! We agree that they are one of the most tranquil places to spend time in in Melbourne. Our amazing team of botanists, horticulturalists, arborists, and others work hard to keep the Royal Botanic Gardens looking beautiful all year round. We hope to see you again soon! :)
    Written 18 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Poppa H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Free Tour
    The free tour offered by the botanical garden was great, I learnt a lot about the different plant and tree species (both native and non-native) along with some of the bird species around the park. Wonderful tour, would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about the plant life! Lasts about 1.5hr
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about our Free Guided Walks held every day by our lovely volunteers. Our volunteers are endlessly knowledgeable about the gardens from history to plantings to specific garden areas. We look forward to having you back in the future.
    Written 22 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Ambassador73096
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour, knowledgeable guide
    Excellent tour with a very friendly and knowledgeable guide (called Chris, as far as I recall). Learned a lot about the plants - native Australian and from other parts of the world - as well as the history of the Botanic Gardens and how plants from other places adapt to the Melbourne climate. Many thanks for a well-spent Saturday morning!
    Thank you for your detailed and positive review of the Royal Botanical Gardens. We are glad you enjoyed your visit, and we appreciate you sharing all the wonderful tour experiences available within the gardens with our guides. We look forward to you visiting again in the future.
    Written 3 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 September 2023
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Nadja S
Prague, Czech Republic1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Outstanding & a non-negotiable: a informative, expert, insightful and comfortable experience that gives you an overview of all aspects of the Garden in every season! Your visit will be the richer for it and it is soooo reasonably priced!
Written 12 April 2024
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Rowena J
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
the guide was so friendly and knowledge. loved it. planning the next trip. cannot wait to go again.Was great experience.
Written 11 April 2024
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Jessica H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We had a wonderful day at the gardens with family and friends to celebrate my birthday. The bus tour was an excellent way to get a good overview of the whole place then we did some walking it was amazing! We have all agreed to come back in spring. Thank you for a wonderful day out.
Written 10 April 2024
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I&M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Nice tour with a great woman!
Thanks for the little insight into the world of the indigenous people!
Unfortunately, in the areas of Australia we visited, no "New Australians" seem to be interested in it...
Thanks again!
Written 9 April 2024
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Christine D
Oamaru, New Zealand17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It was a very comfortable and enjoyable ride around the gardens, especially as it was raining so we kept dry. The information given was interesting, although at this time of the year most of the focus was on greenery, rather than all the flowers that we have in New Zealand gardens. Still a most enjoyable outing.
Written 9 April 2024
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Wee Yin
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Wonderful garden in the cooling air of Autumn, this is my first time coming to the Gardens and it’s a great experience! Recommend to folks who like to enjoy the calming environment of nature. My group booked a mini bus tour to explore the gardens, and it’s enjoyable! The tour is about 30 mins. We had to be at the Visitor’s Centre 15 mins before the tour and unfortunately missed the timing due to delays. As it was our responsibilities to make it for the tour on time, we were not expecting to be able to get a reschedule on the mini bus tour. We are very appreciative and many thanks to Visitor’s Centre staff Carry for the kind understanding and assisting us to reschedule our mini bus tour. Thanks for making the experience a pleasant one and thanks for recommending to grab a coffee to enjoy the tour with.
Written 8 April 2024
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Seaside56057385209
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We booked a garden tour and due to circumstances, we were unable to make it. But the receptionist at the visitor Center, Carry, was incredibly generous and friendly, so he let us be able to join in for the next tour. Thanks to him, we were able to have a great time.
Written 8 April 2024
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YingTian C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The staff at the counter, Carry, was very helpful and friendly when we had inquiries to make about the tour we had booked. The garden itself is beautiful. Would love to revisit again some other day if I come back to Melbourne.
Written 8 April 2024
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rita b
Brunswick, GA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We took the guided tour with Bud. She was very knowledgeable about the history of the garden as well as the wide diversity of plants. A very enjoyable way to spend the morning in Melbourne.
Written 7 April 2024
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Dee Kaay
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Our guide was Verity and she was very knowledgeable and informative about the plants and trees and told us of it’s history and plans for the future.
We covered quite a lot of the grounds from the Visitors centre to the Arid garden.
Written 6 April 2024
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