10 Most Beautiful Botanical Gardens in Melbourne

Melbourne Jan 25, 2021

Here are the best gardens in Melbourne, best parks in Melbourne for picnic and best botanical gardens in Victoria to choose from. All these gardens are less than a one-hour drive from Melbourne CBD and are likely close to you.

For families wanting fun and free family activities in Melbourne, botanical gardens are just what you need! Get away from the busy city life to explore and discover the beautiful gardens in Melbourne. Bring along a picnic or enjoy a BBQ after a botanical garden walk.

If you're in for a longer trip, you can check out more beautiful flower gardens to visit near you, in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Looking for free things to do in Melbourne CBD? The Royal Botanic Gardens is a must-see! It's one of the best free activities for kids and is a great place for dog walking and wheelchair access. The Royal Botanical Gardens are some of the most diverse and beautiful in Melbourne and offer free admission to everyone. Discover more details about this beautiful flower garden below.

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Guilfoyle's Volcano: Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens Address:

Birdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141. 📍Get directions here.

Royal Botanic Gardens Opening Hours:

  • 1st October – 31 March: 7:30am to 7:30pm daily
  • 1st April – 30th September: 7:30pm to 5:30pm daily

Royal Botanic Gardens Entry Fee:

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne has no admission fee and is a free garden.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Map:

A map of the Royal Botanical Gardens is just a mouse click away. Download the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne map here before your visit.

Botanical Gardens Melbourne map
Botanical Gardens Melbourne map. Image source: rbg.vic.gov.au

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Highlights

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Fern Gully at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

The Royal Botanic Gardens are a must-see in Melbourne city. The beautiful 94 acre gardens house 50,000 individual plants in various themed sections that you can explore:

Guilfoyle's Volcano

Guilfoyle's Volcano is a succulent and cactus wonderland surrounding a historical water reservoir with spectacular views of the Melbourne city.

Fern Gully South Yarra

Fern Gully is a lush microclimate tropical forest where you can enjoy a peaceful walk under the canopy of ferns and other trees.

Royal Botanic Gardens Free Guided Tour

Discover the highlights of the Botanic Gardens in this free 1h 30min tour. Minimum age to participate is 8 years old. Book here.

Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden

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Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden

The Children's Garden at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is a super fun activity for kids. The area is fully fenced off, making the garden a safe place for kids to run around and explore nature, while the parents relax.

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Look out for the Magic Pudding sculpture in the Ian Potter Children’s Garden!

Children's Garden opening hours:

  • During the school term: Open from 10am to sunset, Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • During the school holidays: Open from 10am to sunset, seven days a week

Garden Facilities:

  • Cafes: Jardin Tan (open daily from 8am to 3pm) and The Terrace (Cafe open Fri – Sun, 9.30am – 3.30pm; Kiosk open daily from 9.30am to 3.30pm)
  • Public toilets
  • Seating around the park

Royal Botanical Gardens Dogs:

At the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, dogs are allowed on a leash everywhere except:

  • The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
  • Cafes
  • Visitor Centre
  • Gardens Shop

BBQ At Botanical Gardens:

BBQs cannot be held in the gardens. Feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy with family and friends instead.

Not permitted activities at Botanical Gardens:

The following activities are also not allowed in the gardens:

  • Bike or scooter riding
  • Damaging or removing plants
  • Ball games
  • Rollerblading or skateboarding
  • Climbing trees or plants
  • Jogging
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Lake view
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Accessibility:

All areas of the Melbourne Gardens are wheelchair-accessible and accessible by walker except:

  • Melbourne Observatory because of their historically narrow entrances;
  • Fern Gully is not recommended due to uneven path structures and narrow pathways.

Wheelchairs are available 9am – 5pm daily, for a $50 refundable cash deposit required at pick up. Call +61 3 9252 2429 to book.


While you're in the City

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Fitzroy Gardens

Fitzroy Gardens is one of the best parks and cool gardens in Melbourne. It's perfect for a BBQ and picnic and you can take your dog with you! The scenery is beautiful and there's plenty of Fitzroy Gardens history to explore.

The best time to visit Melbourne Fitzroy Gardens is in spring and autumn as there are lots of amazing autumnal colours and colourful trees.

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Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory

Fitzroy Gardens Address:

Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002. 📍Get directions here.

Fitzroy Gardens Opening Hours:

Fitzroy Botanical Gardens are always open. To view the Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory opening hours, click here.

Fitzroy Gardens Entry Fee:

Fitzroy Botanical Garden is free!

Fitzroy Gardens Map:

Looking for a map of Fitzroy Gardens that's just a mouse click away? Save this printable map to plan your Fitzroy Gardens visit, whether you're a first-timer or a regular. You can see the original Fitzroy Gardens map here and hover over the mouse to see the Fitzroy Gardens facilities.

Printable Fitzroy Gardens Map: 1. Visitor Center and Cafe 2. Cooks' Cottage and Garden 3. Boy on the Turtle 4. Scared Tree 5. Sinclair's Cottage 6. Sandstone Sculptures 7. Fairies Tree 8. Tudor Village 9. Pavilion Cafe 10. Temple Of The Winds 11. Children's Playground 12. Old Bandstand 13. Grey Street Fountain 14. River God Fountain 15. People's Path 16. Dolphin Fountain 17. Boy An The Urn 18. Conservatory Fountain 19. Statue Of Meditation 20. Conservatory 21. Diana And The Hounds 22. Fitzroy Gardens Works Area (Closed to the public) 23. Fitzroy Gardens Nursery (Closed to the public)
Fitzroy Gardens Map

Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne Highlights:

Among the lush trees lining the paths you will find gardens, ponds and more enchanting sights. A leisurely stroll around the gardens is the best way to take in all the wonders. Expect to be back to discover what you didn't notice before!

Here are the things to do at Melbourne Fitzroy Gardens:

Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory:

The Conservatory opened in March 1930 and houses gorgeous indoor floral displays that are changed five times each year. Experience magnificent and unique flowers all year round here.

Fitzroy Garden Conservatory has been closed for major works and maintenance until April 2021.

Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory Opening Hours:

  • The Conservatory is open 9 am - 5 pm daily (5.30pm daylight saving)
  • The Conservatory is closed on Christmas Day (25th December)

In 2022, the Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory will be closed on the dates below:

  • 31 January 2022 - 4 February 2022 for Tuberous Begonia / Gloxinia installation
  • 5 April 2022 - 9 April 2022 for Tropical / Poinsettia installation
  • 25 July 2022 - 29 July 2022 for Cineraria / Cyclamen installation
  • 19 September 2022 - 23 September 2022 for Schizanthus / Calceolaria installation
  • 31 October 2022 - 4 November 2022 for Hydrangea / Fuchsia installation.

For enquiries, please contact the City of Melbourne (03) 9658 9658.

Cook’s Cottage:

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Cook's Cottage

Cook's Cottage is temporarily closed. Call 03 9658 9658 for enquiries.

Originally built in Yorkshire, England in 1755 by the parents of Captain James Cook, Cooks’ Cottage was brought to Melbourne by Sir Russell Grimwade in 1934.

Each brick was individually numbered, packed into barrels and shipped to Australia, along with the cuttings of the original ivy coverings.

You can explore this historic oddity at Fitzroy Gardens and learn about its British origins and relocation to Melbourne. Visit the cottage garden nearby with medicinal herbs and remedies, and pose for some photos in 18th century costumes.

There is an entry fee to purchase at the door of the Cottage.

Fairy Tree Fitzroy Gardens:

Fitzroy Gardens' Fairies Tree by Ola Cohn is a must-see Melbourne attraction for kids. Marvel at the beautiful carvings on the stump of one of the original Red Gum trees in the Gardens, which has been there for over 300 years.

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Fairies Tree at Fitzroy Gardens (photo by Nida Raees)

The Fairies Tree Fitzroy Gardens has been a favourite of children and visitors to the botanical gardens since Ola Cohn carved it between 1931-34. The fairy tree is home to many Australian animals, birds and bush spirits, each one intricately carved into the stump of one of the original Red Gum trees in the gardens.

"I have carved in a tree in the Fitzroy Gardens for you, and the fairies, but mostly for the fairies and those who believe in them, for they will understand how necessary it is to have a fairy sanctuary - a place that is sacred and safe as a home should be to all living creatures."
- Ola Cohn

Tudor Village Fitzroy Gardens:

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Tudor Village (photo by Nida Raees)

Model Tudor Village in Fitzroy Gardens is a miniature village with model buildings representing a typical village built during the "Tudor" period of English history.

The delightful Fitzroy Gardens Tudor Village houses various cottages, barns, a church, school, hotel, and other public buildings. It also includes is a miniature model of Shakespeare's home and Anne Hathaway’s cottage.

Fitzroy Gardens Playground:

Fitzroy Gardens Playground is a small but fun playground in Melbourne CBD with unique animal themed play equipment and climbing structures, including a sleeping dragon slide and giraffe swings.

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Fitzroy Gardens Playground

Fitzroy Gardens Facilities:

  • Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Center (open daily from 9am to 5pm, closed on Christmas Day)
  • Fitzroy Gardens Cafe at Visitor's Center
  • Pavilion Cafe
  • Public toilets
  • Seating
  • Picnic areas

Dogs At Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne:

Dogs are allowed on a leash on the paths. You need to clean up after your dog.

Accessibility:

Flat paths are suitable for wheelchairs and prams.


St Kilda Botanical Gardens

If you're looking for a relaxing day out with your kids and family, St Kilda Botanical Gardens Melbourne is the perfect spot.

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Rose Garden at St Kilda Botanical Gardens

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Address:

11 Herbert St, St Kilda VIC 3182. 📍Get directions here.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Opening Hours:

Open between sunrise and sunset, seven days a week.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Entry Fee:

The garden is free!

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Parking:

There is plenty of free parking around the perimeter of the park. However, during busy times, parking can be difficult to find.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Map:

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Map is just a mouse click away! Save this printable map to visit St Kilda Botanical Gardens in Melbourne.

This map of St Kilda Botanical Gardens was designed by Geospatial Science students at RMIT.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Map (designed by Geospatial Science students at RMIT)
St Kilda Botanical Gardens Map (designed by Geospatial Science students at RMIT)

St Kilda Botanic Gardens Highlights:

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St Kilda Botanical Gardens

Enjoy a stroll around this lovely garden that was opened in 1859 and houses many unique seasonal and local indigenous plants. Some highlights include: The Rain Man Fountain, an ornamental pond, Conservatory, and a rose garden.

St Kilda Botanic Gardens Conservatory
St Kilda Botanic Gardens Conservatory

Giant Chess Board

The gardens have a giant chess board and normal size chess tables for visitors to enjoy a chess game.

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Playground:

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Playground is a haven for children and parents alike. This wonderful playground features everything from climbing structures to swings and slides, ensuring that your little ones will never be bored. And with plenty of space to run around, they'll get plenty of exercises, too. So bring the whole family down to the park for some good old-fashioned fun or a picnic!

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Playground
St Kilda Botanical Gardens Playground

St Kilda Botanic Garden Facilities:

  • Playground
  • Benches / Seating
  • Picnic areas (No BBQs)
  • Public and accessible toilets
  • Botanical garden
  • Conservatory
  • Ornamental pond

St Kilda Botanical Gardens Dogs:

  • Dogs are allowed on a leash
  • Dogs are not permitted within 5 metres of the playground.

Prohibited Activities At St Kilda Gardens:

  • BBQs, camping and cycling are not allowed in St Kilda gardens
  • Please do not feed the animals in the park.

Accessibility:

The paths at St Kilda Gardens are accessible for wheelchairs and prams.


Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Williamstown Botanical Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in Victoria and is a great place to spend a few hours with the kids and family surrounded by beautiful plants. There are plenty of areas to stroll around, enjoy the scenery and the botanical gardens, or ride a bike and have fun at the lovely kids area.

Williamstown Botanical Gardens are located next to the beach esplanade so you're likely to enjoy a half-hour walk around if you're going to Williamstown Beach. It's a family-friendly and accessible park. There're even toilets on site.

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Williamstown Botanic Gardens (photo: Flickr)

Botanical Gardens Williamstown Address:

Giffard St & Osborne Street, Williamstown VIC 3016. 📍Get directions here.

Williamstown Botanical Garden Opening Hours:

Williamstown Botanical Garden is open all day.

Williamstown Botanic Garden Entry Fee:

The botanical garden is free!

Williamstown Botanic Gardens Highlights:

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Williamstown Botanic Gardens Ornamental Pond (photo: Flickr)

This Edwardian style garden is one of the first botanical gardens established in Victoria and is located near Williamstown Beach. It is quite small but houses many exotic plant species including a palm tree avenue and an ornamental lake. The lush grass areas are perfect for a picnic, and you can also enjoy ocean views.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens Map:

Printable map of Williamstown Botanic Gardens
Williamstown Botanic Gardens Map

Williamstown Botanical Gardens Facilities:

  • Benches
  • Public toilets in a park nearby
  • Public BBQ at local public areas
  • Williamstown Beach is nearby.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens Dogs:

Dogs are allowed on a leash.

Accessibility:

Gravel paths at Williamstown Botanic Gardens provide good accessibility for wheelchairs and prams.

River Cruise To Williamstown

Looking for a way to explore beautiful Williamstown and the iconic Yarra River? Look no further than our 2-hour return Yarra River boat cruise to Williamstown!

Departing from Southbank near Melbourne's CBD, this river cruise Southbank to Williamstown will take you out into Port Phillip Bay for a wonderful journey to the city of Williamstown. With stunning scenery all around, it's the perfect way to spend a sunny day in Melbourne.

River Cruise To Williamstown

Maranoa Gardens

The Maranoa Botanic Gardens is a must-see botanical garden in Melbourne. This amazing garden is bursting with life and colour, with winding paths that lead you through a rainforest and a variety of indigenous and native plants. Be sure to bring your camera - the photo opportunities here are endless!

Plus, with vast picnic areas, public toilets and a playground right next door, it's the perfect spot for a day out with the whole family.

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Maranoa Gardens Gates (photo: Facebook)

Maranoa Gardens Address:

Parring Road, Balwyn 3103. 📍Get directions here.

Maranoa Gardens Parking:

If you're looking for a place to park in the Maranoa Botanic Gardens, head to Beckett Park via Parring Road. With plenty of parking available, it's easy to get there and get started on your fun exploring one of the best flower gardens in Melbourne. Click here for the park location to get directions.

Maranoa Gardens Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: Open from 7.30am to 4pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: Open from 10am to 5pm
  • Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day

Maranoa Gardens Entry Fee:

The gardens are free!

Maranoa Gardens Map:

Maranoa Gardens Map
Maranoa Gardens Map

Maranoa Gardens Balwyn Highlights:

These lovely and peaceful gardens in Melbourne's suburb of Balwyn house 4000 species of Australian and New Zealand native plant species.

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Maranoa Gardens

Follow the circuit path and explore the different zones of the gardens including the Rainforest, Temperate Woodland, Indigenous Display and more.

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Maranoa Gardens

Maranoa Gardens Playground:

There is a playground in the nearby Beckett Park for kids to enjoy. You can also go up to a platform with views of the gardens and the neighbourhood.

Maranoa Garden Facilities:

  • Public toilets
  • Seating and tables
  • Picnic areas
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Maranoa Gardens Picnic areas

Maranoa Gardens Dogs:

Dogs are not permitted within the fenced area of Maranoa Botanic Gardens.

Other Activities at Maranoa Gardens:

Cycling and rollerblading is not allowed.

Accessibility:

Most paths at Maranoa Botanic Gardens are flat and even, making this park pram and wheelchair friendly.


Victoria State Rose Garden

If you're looking for a breathtaking roses garden to visit, look no further than Victoria State Rose Garden. This picturesque spot is home to beautiful roses of all colours, and the well-maintained garden is sure to take your breath away.

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Victoria State Rose Garden Entrance

With plenty of space to walk around and enjoy the sights and smells of the roses, this is an incredible place to spend a day with the kids and family. And if you get hungry, there are picnic spots available so you can enjoy a bite outdoors.

So whether you're from Melbourne or just visiting, be sure to add Werribee Botanical Gardens to your list of must-see destinations! Plus, it's one of the fun things to do in Werribee for free!

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Victoria State Rose Garden (photo: Facebook)

Werribee Rose Garden Address:

Gate 2, K Rd, Werribee South VIC 3030. 📍Get directions here.

Werribee Rose Garden Opening Hours:

  • October 5th - April 4th:
    Open from 9.30am to 6.00pm
  • April 5th - October 4th:
    Open from 9.30am to 5.00pm

Victoria Rose Gardens Entry Fee:

Looking for a Victoria State Rose Garden ticket? No need! The Victorian Rose Garden is free for everyone.

Victoria State Rose Garden Map:

This Melbourne Rose Garden offers a stunning collection of roses on display. During your visit, you'll be able to explore the various areas of the rose garden.

See the Victoria State Rose Garden map below.

Victoria State Rose Garden Map
Victoria State Rose Garden Map. Source: vicstaterosegarden.com.au

Victorian State Rose Garden Highlights:

Enjoy the stunning collection of 5500 roses on display at Melbourne's best rose garden. Created in a shape of a rose, it's a beautiful place for a walk among the Rose bushes and is perfect for family picnics, wedding photography or nature lovers.

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Victoria State Rose Garden (photo: Facebook)

Rose lovers would be excited to see this extensive list of the roses that are currently in this beautiful public rose garden.

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Victoria State Rose Garden (photo: Facebook)

Best time to visit Werribee Rose Garden

If you're planning your visit to Werribee Rose Garden, the best time to visit:

  • In November (spring) the first blooms and the spring roses are at their peak.
  • Then in March (autumn) is an excellent time to see masses of blooming flowers.
  • There are always some blooms in the Garden from early October until late July.

Kids At Rose Garden:

This Botanical Garden in Werribee is the perfect place for kids to let loose and have some fun. There are two hillocks to climb up and roll down, and the garden offers plenty of opportunities for exploration, imagination and kids activities. With public toilets nearby, this Rose Garden in Werribee VIC is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family.

Rose Garden Facilities:

  • BBQ facilities
  • Picnic areas
  • Seating
  • Cafe
  • Public toilets
  • Parking

Vic State Rose Garden Dogs:

Dogs or other pets are not allowed in the gardens.

Accessibility:

Wide sand/gravel paths at Rose Garden are suitable for prams and wheelchairs.


Werribee Park Mansion

Located in Werribee Park, past the Victoria State Rose Garden, is the Werribee Park Mansion. Built in 1877 in the Renaissance Revival style, the house has 60 rooms for you to explore. It is a mystery who the architect behind the mansion was.

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Werribee Park Mansion

The highlights of the mansion are the original antique furniture and many unique paintings adorning the walls. The structure of the house itself is very impressive as some of the original parts still stand today.

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Werribee Park Mansion. One of the rooms
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Werribee Park Mansion. One of the rooms

Werribee Mansion Address:

Werribee Park, past the Victoria State Rose Garden. 📍Get directions here.

Werribee Park Mansion Opening Hours:

Werribee Mansion opening hours vary depending on the season:

  • High season: October 5 2020 - April 4 2021
    Weekdays & Weekends and public holidays: 10 am - 5 pm daily (last entry 4.30 pm)
  • Low Season: April 4 2021 - October 2 2022
    Weekdays: 10 am - 4 pm (last entry 3.30 pm)
    Weekends and public holidays: 10 am - 5 pm (last entry 4.30 pm)

Werribee Mansion Cafe Opening Hours:

  • Friday to Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm

Werribee Park Mansion Entry Fees:

You can purchase tickets at the Werribee Park Mansion entrance:

  • Adult: $10.90
  • Child (4-15 years): $7.90
  • Concession: $7.90
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children): $34.30
  • Extra family child (4-15 years) $5.00
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Werribee Park Mansion

Werribee Mansion Facilities:

  • Cafe
  • Public toilets

Dogs At Werribee Park Mansion:

Pets are not allowed in the Werribee Park Mansion.

Accessibility:

Stairs in the mansion are not pram and wheelchair friendly.


Melton Botanic Garden

If you're looking for a tranquil and beautiful place to visit near Melton VIC, look no further than the Melton Botanic Garden. This botanical garden is home to an amazing range of African and Australian plants, flowers and trees.

Plus, there's a large lake with plenty of birdlife and frogs. If you're looking for a peaceful place to walk, relax in nature or explore, this is the spot for the whole family!

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Melton Botanic Gardens

Melton Botanic Gardens Address:

40 Lakewood Blvd, Melton VIC 3337. 📍Get directions here.

Melton Gardens Opening Hours:

Melton Botanical Gardens are open all day, every day.

Melton Gardens Entry Fee:

Entry is free!

Melton Botanic Gardens Map:

Download the Melton Botanic Gardens map here before visiting.

Melton Botanic Gardens Map. Source: Facebook

Melton Botanic Gardens Highlights:

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Melton Botanic Garden

Visit this oasis of native Australian flora to explore eucalyptus variations, unique Indigenous species, the South African Garden, the lake and more.

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Melton Botanic Gardens

The garden is still undergoing development and you can keep coming back to see the changes and new additions. One of the future zones to be added is the Children's Garden.

Melton is quite dry compared to Melbourne, so a visit on a wet or cool day is a great idea.

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Melton Botanic Gardens Lake

Melton Botanical Garden Facilities:

  • BBQ
  • Picnic areas
  • Benches
  • Shelter
  • Lake
  • Walking paths

Melton Botanical Garden Dogs:

Dogs are allowed strictly on a leash. You are required to carry a plastic bag with you to clean up after your dog.

Accessibility:

Garden paths are mostly flat concrete or gravel, and are suited for wheelchairs or prams.


Wilson Botanic Park

Wilson Botanic Park Berwick is one of the most beautiful parks in Melbourne. With plenty of picnic areas, BBQs, a children's playground, and lakeside views, this park is perfect for a day out with friends or family.

The park's lush greenery and changing autumn leaves make it a scenic hotspot year-round. So bring your camera, the whole family and your furry friend and enjoy a wonderful day at Wilson Botanic Park Berwick!

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Wilson Botanic Park Berwick

Wilson Botanical Park Address:

668 Princes Hwy, Berwick VIC 3806. 📍Get directions here.

Wilson Botanical Gardens Opening Hours:

  • Non daylight savings:
    7.00am - 6.00pm
  • Daylight savings:
    7.00am - 9.00pm
  • Open Christmas Day

Wilson Park Berwick Entry Fee:

Wilson Botanical Garden is free!

Wilson Botanic Park Map:

Wilson Botanic Park Map
Wilson Botanic Park Map. Source: casey.vic.gov.au

Wilson Botanical Gardens Highlights:

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Wilson Botanic Park Berwick

This 39-hectare garden is a lovely hidden gem just off Princes Highway, with over 1000 plant species and various birds, lizards, snakes and turtles, to explore. There are many paths to follow around the garden: a leisurely stroll around the lake, a whole park circuit, and smaller trails such as the Camellia walk.

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Wilson Botanic Park Playground:

Wilson Botanic Park Playground is a great place to spend a sunny day. With two slides, steps, tunnels, and more, this playground has something for everyone. The large wooden structure is perfect for climbing and sliding, while the smaller one is perfect for toddlers. There are also swings and a see-saw, so the whole family can have fun. And when you need a break from all the excitement, you can enjoy a picnic lunch under the nearby BBQ.

Wilson Botanic Park Playground
Wilson Botanic Park Playground

Wilson Botanical Park Facilities:

  • Playground
  • Benches
  • BBQ facilities
  • Picnic areas
  • Cafe at Wilson Botanical Park (open daily, 7 am - 3.30 pm)
  • Public toilets
  • Car park access is through the park gates

Wilson Botanical Park Dogs:

Dogs are allowed on lead at all times. You must clean up after your dog.

Other activities at Wilson Botanical Park:

Bikes, scooters, skateboards or rollerblades are not allowed in the garden.

Accessibility:

  • There are accessible toilet facilities in two locations at the garden.
  • You may borrow a wheelchair from the Visitor’s Center.
  • Paths are wheelchair friendly and there are ramps.

Please call 9705 5599 for further enquiries regarding accessibility.


George Pentland Botanic Gardens

The George Pentland Botanic Gardens are a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature. With beautifully landscaped gardens and plenty of open space, it's the perfect place for a relaxing picnic or a fun-filled game of catch.

The pond is great for watching the ducks play, and the children's playground is sure to keep the little ones entertained for hours. So if you're looking for a lovely day out surrounded by natural beauty, be sure to visit the George Pentland Botanic Gardens in Frankston!

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George Pentland Botanic Gardens walking trails (photo: platypus150)

George Pentland Gardens Address:

41N Williams St, Frankston VIC 3199. 📍Get directions here.

George Pentland Gardens Opening Hours:

  • November to March:
    7am - 9pm
  • April to October:
    7am - 6pm

George Botanical Gardens Entry Fee:

The gardens are free!

George Botanical Gardens Map:

George Botanical Gardens Map
George Botanical Gardens Entry Map. Source 

George Pentland Botanic Gardens Highlights:

These lovely gardens are great for the whole family. Take a walk around the garden trails to explore native flora and the ornamental lake, or settle down for a picnic near the playground at the eastern end of the park.

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George Pentland Botanic Gardens Playground (photo: Jim Bo)

George Pentland Botanic Gardens Facilities:

  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ facilities
  • Shelter
  • Playground
  • Shade areas
  • Paved & unpaved walking trails
  • Ornamental lake (you'll need to supervise children near open water at all times)
  • Water fountains
  • Accessible public toilets

Dogs At George Pentland Botanic Gardens:

Pets are not allowed in the gardens.

Note:

Marquees and pergolas are not allowed at the Gardens without prior permission.

Accessibility:

The walking tracks are quite flat and can be accessed by prams.


Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens

These beautiful Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens in the Mornington Peninsula are great fun for the whole family. Ashcombe maze is surely one of the best mazes in Melbourne!

Conquer the Hedge Maze Melbourne, wander through the Lavender Gardens Maze and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the gardens.

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Ashcombe Maze Lavender Labyrinth (photo: Petina S)

Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens Address:

15 Red Hill-Shoreham Rd, Shoreham VIC 3916. 📍Get directions here.

Mornington Maze Opening Hours:

  • Open Wednesday to Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Closed on Christmas Day

Ashcombe Maze Entry Fee:

  • Adult: $16.65
  • Child (4-15 years): $9

Get your 🎟️ Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens ticket here.

Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens Entry Tickets

If you're looking for an unusual place in Melbourne for a day out with your family, look no further than Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens.

With acres of gardens to explore, plus a giant maze and tree gnome village, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained. Get your tickets to the best maze in Melbourne here.


The Great Gnome Hunt

Set out with the whole family to find the magical gnomes and fairies hiding around the gardens. Get a prize after you find them all!

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The Gnome Hunt at Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens

Lavender Garden Facilities:

  • Car park
  • Public toilets
  • Ashcombe Cafe

Picnics and BBQ at the Garden:

Picnics and BBQ are not not allowed at the gardens.

Accessibility:

Call 03 5989 8387 for more information.


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Loving Botanical Gardens? Cranbourne Botanic Garden Victoria is not to be missed!

Cranbourne Botanical Gardens is a beautiful Melbourne park for kids and families! It has a fantastic playground, great picnic areas, free entry and a romantic lookout nearby.

Cranbourne Botanic Garden Victoria


Daria

Content creator and editor at schoolholidays.com.au. I love to travel, read and write!