Eco-Tourism Enhancement Project 

Eco-Tourism Enhancement Project  

Thanks to the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions Regional Tourism Investment Fund and the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, $5.4 million is being invested in Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne to improve access and experiences for our visitors. 

Find out more about each of the projects below.

Eastern Gateway Landscape and Signage 

New signage and themed landscaping on South Gippsland Highway to improve wayfinding to the Gardens. Fauna exclusion fencing will also be installed along Philip Moors Drive to improve the safety of native animals that call Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne home. 

New Western Gate

A new entrance will be built to improve access from residential areas around the Gardens, Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Highway, via Ballarto Road West

Improved car park accessibility 

The main car park will be sealed and disabled car parks and other accessibility features upgraded.  Directional and internal road signs will also be improved around Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.

Upgrades to walking paths and bike tracks

New pedestrian boardwalks will be built within the Australian Garden and Wylies Creek Track will be upgraded to improve accessibility for people of all abilities as they explore our native garden landscapes.

Visitor Centre, Cafe and Gardens Shop enhancements

Entry to the Australian Garden will be improved for a more welcoming and accessible entry for all visitors, including those with disabilities. The Boon Wurrung Cafe and Tarnuk Room will be refurbished creating contemporary and stylish dining & events destinations in Melbourne's south east.

Ian Potter Lakeside Precinct Shelter

New shade and shelter structures and landscaping will be installed alongside the Lakeside Precinct Kiosk to provide sheltered space for visitors to gather, dine, and participate in learning programs.

Nature-based Playground at Woodland Picnic Area

New nature-based playground elements and landscaping will be created for the Woodland Picnic Area to connect children and families to the natural world.

Rockpool Pavilion Refurbishment

The roof of Rockpool Pavilion will be replaced and drainage upgraded to provide improved visitor amenity at this popular dwell point.

Riverwalk Amphitheatre and Ponding Platform 

Elements of the Riverwalk Amphitheatre and Ponding Platform that have deteriorated due to weather and water exposure will be replaced with upgraded materials.

Arid and Dry Riverbed Gardens

A fresh, renewed Arid Garden landscape will be created in the Australian Garden. There will also be minor landscape upgrades in the Dry Riverbed Garden to improve growing conditions.