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Punting on the Lake

Things to do, Walks and tours South Yarra
Punting on the Lake Royal Botanic Gardens
Photograph: Supplied
Punting on the Lake Royal Botanic Gardens
Photograph: Supplied

Time Out says

Did you know you can hire a boat ride right in the middle of the Botanic Gardens? Punting on the Lake lets you float the day away on a guided 'punting' tour. 

For those who are unfamiliar, punting refers to boating in a flat-bottomed boat known as a punt. They’re usually used in small rivers, shallow water or, as seen here, in decorative lakes in the middle of Melbourne. Punting on the Lake brings the tradition of leisurely punting to the picturesque gardens and its suitably calm Ornamental Lake. No sea-sickness to fear. 

Punting expeditions are led by a personal tour guide and skipper – think Venetian gondolas and gondoliers – just replace singing with a detailed history of the garden.

Tours operate in both summer and winter, weather-pending. There are multiple tour options including a half-hour tour, a High Tea tour and even a one-hour Sunset Tour (only in the warmer months) which would be perfect for a romantic date night. 

Adult tickets start at $25, and children from $12. Couples and families are welcome with family tickets available. Plus, if you've got a 'well behaved dog', they can even hop on for free. Bookings are required. 


Address: Gate A
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Corner Alexandra Avenue and Anderson Street
Opening hours: 10.30am-5pm
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