Discover Melbourne Gardens
About Melbourne Gardens
First established in 1846 on the land of the Kulin Nation, Melbourne Gardens is today a green oasis in the heart of Melbourne. Throughout the 38 hectare site, you will discover over 31 collections of plants presented as a living work of art and making Melbourne Gardens one of the worlds most beautiful botanic gardens. For 175 years, Melbourne Gardens has been the city's sanctuary and playground, a site for major cultural events and a place for individual memories and rich experiences.
Melbourne Gardens is also home to the National Herbarium of Victoria, holding the internationally important State Botanical Collection, as well as over 8,000 plant species. It is a site of important scientific research in botany, taxonomy, mycology and conservation and home to the historic Melbourne Observatory. The interconnected science, horticulture and public engagement programs at Melbourne Gardens all contribute to the health of the community and natural environment.
Kick back with a film under the stars as Melbourne’s most spectacular open-air cinema returns to the lush Central Lawn for its 25th season. As the sun sets, relax with family and friends as you…