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.

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Australian Tourism Accreditation

Services

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

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From $43 to $50

Delve into the local First Peoples’ rich history, thriving culture and their connection to plants as you taste your way through the Gardens. Find out how Australian bush foods have inspired the modern plate and palate, and learn how native plants growing within the Gardens have been traditionally used and continue to be used around the world today. As your walk nears its end, round-out your knowledge with tastings of delicious canapes inspired by the native plants seen on your walk, developed and prepared by trainee chefs from iconic social enterprise restaurant Charcoal Lane. Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in association with Charcoal Lane and William Angliss Institute.

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From $10 to $13

Did you know that the sun is approximately 4.6 billion years old?

View our nearest star with the help of expert astronomical guides and powerful telescopes and learn about the solar system while enjoying special access to Melbourne Observatory.

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From $16 to $18

From coots to cormorants and spinebills to swans, the birds of Melbourne Gardens are a delight to hear and see. Spot seasonal birds feasting on nectar from spring flowers and spy water birds nesting around Ornamental Lake.

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See the highlights of our 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 Garden 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 90 minute 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 and their traditional uses for food, tools and medicine.

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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 $14 to $18

Explore behind the scenes and uncover the stories of the Gardens’ significant landmarks.

Venture into the historic Melbourne Observatory buildings and gain a rare glimpse inside the National Herbarium of Victoria before finishing at The Terrace with a complimentary drink.

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