If there’s anywhere you can escape the madness of the city CBD without actually leaving it, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the place. Located on the city’s fringe, this expansive garden is home to a cool 8,500 plant species, zen lakes and lush lawns.
Workshops, tours, walks and talks showcase the intricacies of the gardens – from star-gazing night tours in the Melbourne Observatory to science seminars, which explore the phylogeography of coconut. The Aboriginal Heritage Walk takes you on a journey into the history of the Koolin nation. An Indigenous guide will lead you around the gardens, through a traditional smoking ceremony and show you the uses of plants as both food and medicine. Want to see the Gardens from a new point of view? Book in for a traditional punt cruise around Ornamental Lake, complete with beautiful views of the bays and mini islands. You even get your own paper parasol.
Want to do your own thing? There are plenty of walks and plant collections you can explore at any time. The camellia collection is one of the world’s best with more than 950 different types; Fern Gully recreates a cool forest, which showcases many fern species; and the Tropical Glasshouse is filled with colourful flowers and palms. The Royal Botanic Gardens are also home to the National Herbarium of Victoria, housing more than 1.5 million plant, algae and fungi specimens.
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What would an Australian arts festival be without a crowd-pleasing circus? For the last decade, the country’s major festivals have had circus arts very much at their core and have been using these shows to boost their bottom lines by reaching across all...Circuses Until Sunday October 21 2018
Spring Plant Sale
Need some greenery in your life? Make a beeline for the Royal Botanic Gardens over the weekend of October 20 and 21 for a bonza spring plant sale. The sale will take place on the Acmena Bed Lawn, opposite the Tropical Glasshouse, which you can reach...Sales Saturday October 20 2018 - Sunday October 21 2018
There's nothing quite like a film under the stars in the evening cool of the Botanic Gardens. Settle back with friends and family for a movie and as always, the Moonlight Cinema food truck and bar can supply you with comestibles, but you're welcome to...Outdoor cinema Thursday November 29 2018 - Sunday March 31 2019
The Wind in the Willows
Summer in Melbourne means a few reliable things. It means the Boxing Day Test at the 'G, it means there will be a run of unbearable weather, it means the British backpackers turning a pleasant shade of tomato on St Kilda Beach, and for Melbourne's children,...Thursday December 20 2018 - Sunday January 27 2019