Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne Gardens Tours

Cultural and Theme Tours

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens has been a treasured part of Melbourne’s cultural life for more than 165 years – much loved by generations of Victorians, as well as by many visitors from interstate and overseas.

It is a picturesque haven for recreation and an important resource for education, conservation, science and horticulture. Melbourne Gardens extends over 38 hectares and houses a collection of more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world, including amazing and diverse plant collections.

Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services.

Facilities

Australian Tourism Accreditation

Services

The environment needs your help. Learn about the effects of climate change on our environment as you collect valuable data for Earthwatch.

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From $43 to $50

Unearth the intriguing world of bush foods as you explore Melbourne Gardens in search of edible plants. Led by an Aboriginal guide, discover healing properties of bush foods and their importance in Aboriginal culture. As your walk nears its end, round-out your knowledge with tastings of delicious canapes inspired by the native plants seen on your walk, prepared by Aboriginal chefs from social
enterprise restaurant, Charcoal Lane.

Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Charcoal Lane and William Angliss Institute.

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From $10 to $13

Did you know more than one million Earths could fit inside the Sun? Discover the wonders of the solar system as you enjoy special access to the historic Melbourne Observatory.

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From $14 to $18

Get up close and personal with some of the 110 species of birds that call Melbourne Gardens home. Take home a bird guide to continue your discovery.

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See the best seasonal highlights at Melbourne Gardens with a knowledgeable guide.

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From $8 to $10

See the highlights of Melbourne Gardens and enjoy live commentary with a ride in the open-air minibus.

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From $20 to $35

Introduce your four-legged friend to Melbourne Gardens on a guided walk with a difference, and discover the types of plants you can nurture to create a dog-friendly garden at home.

This fun walk includes a delicious breakfast for you and special scrambled eggs for your pooch while overlooking the beautiful Ornamental Lake.

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From $20 to $25

Gaze at the night sky brought into focus with a powerful telescope and discover the history of the Observatory.

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$30

Keeping a living landscape alive during times of water scarcity can be a challenge. When the landscape contains some of the world’s rarest and most significant plant species, water is both precious and essential. Journey through Melbourne Gardens (and its water) with Landscape Architect Andrew Laidlaw and Curator of Horticulture Peter Symes to discover how the story of water is the story of this precious site.

Presented by Open House Melbourne, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Punting on the Lake as part of Melbourne Design Week – an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Celebrate Botanic Gardens Day on a guided walk exploring this year’s theme of conservation. Learn about smart and sustainable gardening, discover how the Gardens employs water-wise planting practices and explore the Water Conservation Garden and Working Wetlands.

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From $15 to $20

Originally constructed in 1876, this spectacular and historic water reservoir offers commanding views of the city, and its striking landscape design showcases low water use plants. View its stunning range of cacti and succulents, and hear stories of its evolution while learning about the benefits it provides to Melbourne Gardens.

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From $15 to $20

Celebrate National Tree Day on this family-friendly guided walk. Uncover how some of the most iconic trees came to Melbourne Gardens and meet our oldest, most unusual and tallest trees.

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From $29 to $35

Womin Djeka. Journey into Melbourne Gardens, a significant cultural site for the local Kulin Nation, with an Aboriginal guide.

Gain insight into the rich history and thriving culture of the First Peoples of Australia, and develop an understanding and appreciation for their customs and heritage as you discover their connection to plants and explore the traditional uses of plants for food, medicine and tools.

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From $14 to $18

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with a guided Lunar Tour through Melbourne Observatory. Peer up at the moon through a powerful heritage telescope and discover more about Earth’s only natural satellite.

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From $12 to $15

Gain special access to the hidden gems of Melbourne Gardens on this guided tour.

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