Guilfoyle’s Volcano was built in 1876 and was used to store water for Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. After lying idle for 60 years, it is now restored as part of a significant landscape development project called Working Wetlands.
This spectacular and historic water reservoir has commanding views of the city, and its striking landscape design showcases low-water use plants. Boardwalks and viewing platforms give visitors the opportunity to explore this long-hidden but remarkable feature of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Guilfoyle’s Volcano is in the south-east corner of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, easily accessible via C Gate (enter via Anderson Street) and D Gate (enter via Birdwood Avenue).