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  1. Colours on trees at Botanic Gardens
    Photograph: Lightscape
  2. Glowing rainbow lights over a lake in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
    Photograph: Supplied
  3. Lights strung onto a tree at night.
    Photograph: Supplied
  4. Plants lit up in eerie lights
    Photograph: Supplied/Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  5. A group of people standing under strings of lights.
    Photograph: Richard Haughton

Time Out says

See the Royal Botanic Gardens in a whole new light at this immersive and glittering winter experience

It's baaack! After two hugely popular winter seasons, Melbourne's favourite illuminated event is returning in 2024. From June 14 to August 4, take a nighttime stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens and experience luminous pathways, lit-up tree canopies, soothing soundscapes and brand new installations.

"We are thrilled to see Lightscape returning for its third year. The Gardens provide an exquisite canvas for us to create a magical world of light, nature and wonder," said David Harland, director and chief executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. "In 2024 we have a few surprises up our sleeve as we build on the experience to make it exhilarating for both returning and first-time visitors."

For the upcoming season, you can expect a reimagined 2.2km trail accompanied by stunning lakeside reflections, large-scale illuminated sculptures and other wonders, with more than 100,000 tiny lights on display. New in 2024 is 'Submerged', an immersive work where you walk through thousands of suspended lights as the installation changes colour in response to the movement. Also making its Australian debut is 'Lily' by French artistic studio Tilt – it's a series of abstract, three-metre-tall glowing flowers that will captivate people of all ages.

Most importantly, you'll also be able to grab a bite to eat and warming drinks at the Welcome Zone or along the trail.

They say that Melbourne is at its best in winter and events like Lightscape, where you can rug up and join friends for a magical experience, are a big reason why. Adult tickets start at $40 and are available through the website – be quick as they tend to go fast. 

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Leah Glynn
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Leah Glynn


Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Birdwood Ave
South Yarra
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