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Visitor Information

Plan your visit

Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive (off South Gippsland Fwy), Cranbourne, 3977 

Open: 9am – 5pm, every day except for Christmas Day.  

Entry to the Gardens is free. Please leave your dog and other pets at home to protect our local wildlife.

Please note: There are limited barbecue facilities available at the Woodland Picnic Area due to maintenance. Barbecue facilities are also available at the Stringybark Picnic Area.


Visitor Centre

Located at the entrance to the Australian Garden and the bushland, our Visitor Centre provides an information service, tour bookings, umbrella hire, wheelchair hire, toilets, Boon Wurrung Cafe and The Gardens Shop.

  • Open: 9am – 5pm, daily
  • T: +61 3 5990 2200
  • E: rbgc@rbg.vic.gov.au

Garden Explorer

The Garden Explorer is an open-air people mover that seats 22 and stops at six locations throughout the Australian Garden. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Centre.

  • Every day from 10am to 4pm.
    Except Sunday 31 August and Tuesday 2 September - 11am to 3pm.
  • $7.50 adult, $6 concession

The Gardens Shop

Visit The Gardens Shop and view the beautiful range of botanic-inspired gifts and treasures to help you remember your visit. Proceeds from every purchase go directly towards supporting the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

  • Open: 9.30am - 5pm, daily (closed Christmas Day)
  • T: +61 3 5990 2246

Garden Shed and Garden Ambassador

Visit our Garden Ambassadors at the Garden Shed in the Northern Display Gardens to learn about the many artistic groups associated with the Gardens and how you can get involved ‒ from botanical illustration to quilting, pressing native plants and growing plants.
In spring, learn about modified tools for easy gardening. 

  • Every day from 11am to 3pm

Cafes

Boon Wurrung Cafe

The Boon Wurrung Cafe, with enticing views over the Australian Garden, offers delicious meals as well as coffee, tea and light snacks. The menu features delectable native Australian ingredients to add flavour and style to favourites. 

Now serving breakfast from 9 - 11.30am every Saturday & Sunday.

Open: 10am - 4pm on weekdays and 9am - 5pm on weekends

  • Café: (03) 5990 2247
  • Functions: (03) 9821 0669

Kiosk

The Kiosk is located at the Northern end of the Australian Garden and offers simple meals, coffee & snacks.
Open: 11am - 3pm on weekends, public holidays, school holidays and days of special events in Winter. All other season, Kiosk hours are 11am - 3pm everyday. 

Help us protect the Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne contains a treasure trove of precious biodiversity. You can help protect the Gardens for generations to come by:

  • taking your rubbish home
  • keeping to the tracks
  • not feeding the birds or animals
  • keeping to designated bicycle tracks
  • leaving your dog and other pets at home
  • leaving plants and flowers for others to enjoy
  • playing ball games at the Woodland Picnic Area only

Take care of yourself

Falling tree limbs

The Royal Botanic Gardens regularly inspects and manages our trees to protect your health and safety. Despite these steps, trees can be unpredictable and may still shed branches. Falling branches may land well beyond the spread of the tree canopy.

When standing or sitting near trees, we ask that all visitors be aware of the unpredictable way in which branches may fall and land.

Wildfire

The Gardens conducts prescribed burns in the bushland prior to bushfire season. Fire is an essential ingredient in the ecology of Australian plants and many species depend on fire to release and germinate seeds.

Unplanned wildfire is always a risk, especially on days of high fire danger.

If you do see signs of fire, please:

  • Stay calm
  • Stay on walking tracks
  • Walk away from the fire towards a clear area
  • If possible, contact the Visitor Centre on +61 3 5990 2200

Snakes

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is home to several species of snakes. In warm weather, watch for venomous Copperhead and Tiger Snakes.

If you see a snake:

  • Do not approach the snake
  • Wait for the snake to move off the track
  • Remember that snakes are protected animals and are an important part of the bushland ecosystem

Water

Swimming in or drinking from the Rockpool Waterway within the Australian Garden or Wylies Creek is strictly prohibited.

Wading is only permitted between the flags in the Rockpool Waterway.

Children must be appropriately supervised at all times.


Accessibility

Australian Garden

  • accessible toilet facilities are located at the Visitor Centre, Northern Kiosk and the Rockpool Pavilion
  • a fully accessible toilet with adult hoist is located on the ground floor of the visitor centre
  • non-motorised wheelchairs may be hired from the Visitor Centre upon payment of a refundable $50 deposit. To hire a wheelchair, contact +61 3 5990 2200
  • the Australian Garden can be easily accessed from the Visitor Centre via a ramp or a lift operated by trained staff
  • all paths are either sealed or granitic gravel and are suitable for both non-motorised and electric wheelchairs
  • assistance dogs are permitted throughout the Gardens
  • The Gardens Shop, Boon Wurrung Café and the Visitor Centre are all accessible without the use of a ramp or lift.

Mobility

  • the Garden Explorer is a motorised people mover that circulates around the Australian Garden every 20 minutes. The Garden Explorer seats 23 people and has room for one wheel chair (with on ramp). Garden Explorer tickets are available at the Visitor Centre and from the Driver. $7.50 Adult and $6 Concession
  • non-motorised wheelchairs may be hired from the Visitor Centre upon payment of a refundable $50 deposit. To hire a wheelchair, contact +61 3 5990 2200
  • the Australian Garden can be easily accessed from the Visitor Centre via a ramp or a lift operated by trained staff
  • all paths are either sealed or granitic gravel and are suitable for both non-motorised and electric wheelchairs
  • The Gardens Shop, Boon Wurrung Café and the Visitor Centre are all accessible without the use of a ramp or lift.

Assistance Dogs

  • assistance dogs are permitted throughout the Gardens

Tours

  • RBG Staff and Volunteers have been trained by Vision Australia to deliver Audio Descriptor Tours.  Tours can be booked at the Visitor Centre or on 03 5990 2245.
  • Sensory and Inclusive programs are available for school groups.

Australian Garden Parking

  • the Australian Garden car park has parking bays for mobility impaired visitors
  • there is a drop-off bay behind the visitor centre for visitors who are unable navigate the gentle slope to the Visitor Centre

The Bushland

  • accessible toilet facilities are available at the Stringybark Picnic Area and the Woodland Picnic Area

Bushland Parking

  • the Woodland Picnic Area is accessed from the main car park via a flat, 400m long, granitic gravel path that is suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.
  • the Stringybark Picnic Area is accessed by vehicle and all paths are flat and suitable for wheelchair use with assistance. 

Mobility

  •  Trig Track is a steeper path with a gradient of approximately 1:11m. Trig Point Lookout is accessed by multiple steps and is not suitable for visitors with limited mobility. Not current accessible be wheelchair users.

Picnic Areas & BBQ Facilities

Woodland Picnic Area

  • Located close to the Visitor Centre and Australian Garden
  • Play equipment, ball game area and open spaces suitable for children of all ages
  • The walk from the Australian Garden car park to the Woodland Picnic Area is approx 400 metres on a fine gravel path, and is wheelchair friendly, vehicles are not permitted.
  • Sheltered BBQ and seating areas:
    • The large pavilion: considerable bench seating, 6 picnic table and chair settings to seat at least 8 people each 2 free gas BBQs with two hot plates each
    • The small pavilion: 2 picnic table and chair settings to seat at least 8 people each 1 free gas BBQ unit with two hot plates
    • Copse picnic space: 1 picnic table with bench chairs, located past the playground in the far copse of trees.

Stringybark Picnic Area

Located directly next to the Stringybark Picnic Area car park, 4 free gas BBQ's and approximately 8 large rustic picnic tables and chairs. This area has limited shade provided by the large trees amongst the picnic areas

Things to remember

  • The picnic areas are lovely spots, so may we recommend that you arrive early to stake a table as you are unable to reserve or book the picnic areas, tables, BBQ’s or pavilions at either picnic area.
  • Both picnic areas have toilet facilities.
  • As we are a conservation area, there are no rubbish bins. So please kindly take your rubbish home with you.
  • Any type of tent and or structure is not permitted to be erected anywhere on our site.
  • Balloons, streamers, brochures or notices etc. are not permitted to be places anywhere on site; this includes attaching them to trees or structures.
  • Kindly note that on days of Total Fire Ban and Very High Fire Danger, the bushland area is closed to the general public. The Australian Garden is open on all days except Christmas Day; however BBQ's are not permitted in this area.
  • If you are planning on having a large gathering at either of these two picnic areas could you kindly phone our Customer Service Team giving your name and contact details, date and time of picnic and approx. number of people you are expecting on the day.