Sponsor – Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

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ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS VICTORIA

The Royal Botanic Gardens encompasses two sites, Melbourne and Cranbourne.

Located in the heart of Melbourne, the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is considered one of the world’s finest gardens, offering visitors a calm oasis of beautiful plants and landscapes. The site was first established in 1846 by Lieutenant Governor Charles La Trobe and over the next 60 years, this swampy site was transformed into the world-famous landscape we know today.

With its rich history, the Gardens have a wide-ranging collection of native, exotic and rare plants. Spanning over 38 hectares, there are over 10,000 plant species from around the world preserved here. The sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are also home to an amazing range of wildlife.

Established in 1970, the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is dedicated to the conservation, display and enjoyment of Australian flora. Within an hour’s drive of Melbourne and stretching over 360 hectares, the Gardens is a natural haven in a rapidly developing urban area.

Rich in indigenous flora and fauna, the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne represents some of the best remnant natural bushland in south-eastern Victoria. Around two-thirds of its 363-hectare site is covered with bushland, heathland and wetland supporting over 140 species of flora and fauna.

In the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is the stunning Australian Garden. This 15-hectare landscaped contemporary garden displays over 170,000 plants from 1,700 Australian native plant varieties and aims to educate visitors while providing opportunities for research and community enjoyment.

A central theme of the Australian Garden is the story of water and its passage through the Australian landscape. Figuratively, the design of the Australian Garden follows the journey of water from the dry inland deserts to the densely populated coast. The Australian Garden takes us on a journey via the Rockpool Waterway to a River Bend landscape which flows into a coastal precinct.
Interspersed are display gardens where visitors can discover how to creatively and sustainably use Australian plants in their own home gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Birdwood Avenue
Melbourne VIC 3004
+61 3 9252 2300 or email: rbg@rbg.vic.gov.au

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive
Cranbourne VIC 3977
+61 3 5990 2200 or email: rbgc@rbg.vic.gov.au

For News and program details please visit rbg.vic.gov.au