Experience the light, nature and wonder of Lightscape! The immersive Melbourne hit returns to transform Melbourne Gardens after dark with a reimagined trail and brand new installations.
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  • Chocolate and Spice Tour

    Warm up this winter and discover the essence of chocolate on this delectable walk. Spice up your senses with stories and recipes about cinnamon, cardamom and the intoxicating vanilla bean.
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  • Forest Therapy

    This guided wellbeing experience will bolster your mental and physical health by reducing stress levels, regulating pulse and blood pressure and elevating your mood.
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  • Live at the Gardens

    What happens when Melbourne’s most-loved botanic gardens joins forces with one of Australia’s premier outdoor music event organisers? The result is Live At The Gardens.
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  • Secret Life of Birds

    On this guided walk, spot water birds nesting around Ornamental Lake and delight in the sights and sounds of the birds that call the Gardens home.
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  • Birds in the Australian Garden

    Discover the wonderful world of the birds that call the Australian Garden home in this guided tour.
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Melbourne Gardens

  • Location

    Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne

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  • Open

    Daily: 7:30am - 5:30pm (3pm closure on Lightscape event days)

    Visitor Centre: 9:30am - 4:30pm

    Children's Garden: 10am - 5:30pm (everyday during public or school holidays, Wed - Sun otherwise)

    Melbourne Gardens is open every day of the year.

    Please note that on Lightscape event days, Melbourne Gardens will be closing at the earlier time of 3pm. The list of event dates can be found here.

    Please note that sections of Fern Gully at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are closed until further notice due to tree maintenance.

What's On at the Gardens

Australia’s Best Major Tourism Attraction

Voted ‘Australia’s Best Major Tourism Attraction’ at the QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards, and best Victorian Major Tourist Attraction for three years in a row, the heritage-listed Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and the contemporary native Australian Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, offer a plethora of unique outdoor experiences.

From a punt ride on the lake, or a relaxing picnic under the oaks, to a guided cultural walk or explorer bus ride along the many meandering trails, there’s always something new to enjoy.