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.

Facilities

Australian Tourism Accreditation

Services

Become a citizen scientist and help monitor the biodiversity in the Gardens. On this guided walk, you will search for the impacts of climate change and collect valuable information for Earthwatch with the ClimateWatch app.

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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 $10 to $13

Did you know that the sun is approximately 4.6 billion years old? View Earth’s nearest star with an expert astronomical guide and learn about the solar system and the historic buildings of Melbourne Observatory.

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From $15 to $20

From coots to cormorants, swallows to stately swans, experience the sights and sounds of the diverse range of birds that reside in Melbourne Gardens. Look out for seasonal visitors such as the nankeen night heron and watch water birds nesting around the lake. Continue your discovery with a take-home bird guide.

Bring your own binoculars.

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Experience this green sanctuary in the middle of bustling Melbourne with a free guided walk. Find sensational views and photo opportunities, and uncover the heritage and plant diversity of Melbourne Gardens with a passionate guide.

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From $8 to $10

Discover the beauty of this inner-city oasis in the comfort of the open-air Explorer bus. Enjoy live commentary and stunning views as you wind your way through the picturesque landscapes of
Melbourne Gardens.

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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 $24

Discover the fascinating history of Melbourne Observatory, built in the early 1860s as Melbourne’s home of weather forecasting, time keeping and star charting. Gain a backstage view of these historic buildings and see the amazing night sky brought into focus with the powerful heritage telescopes.

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$20

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 NGV.

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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 the ancestral lands of the Kulin (Koolin) Nation in this immersive tour with an Aboriginal guide. Gain insight into the rich history and thriving culture of the local First Peoples, and discover their connection to plants.

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From $15 to $18

Explore behind the scenes and uncover the stories of the Gardens’ significant historical landmarks. Venture into Melbourne Observatory and gain a rare glimpse inside the National Herbarium of Victoria. Finish at The Terrace with a free drink.

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