17th Australasian Botanic Guides Conference
Share and Inspire - Guiding for People, Plants and Planet.
23 - 28 October 2022
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is proud to be hosting the 17th Australasian Botanic Guides Conference where attendees will be welcomed to both the Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens for exciting talks, workshops and field trips. The theme for 2022 is Share and Inspire - Guiding for People, Plants and Planets.
We are delighted to share the news that the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has recently been awarded Gold as the Major Tourist Attraction at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
We continue with our planning for this conference and advise that Registration will take place in June/July. Details of the four Day Excursions have now been added under the link below. All guides registering for the conference will be asked to select one of these options as the first step in registration.
If you haven’t already done so, please register your interest below to stay in touch with conference information.
We have had some delays with our registration’s platform, and we hope to open registrations late June/early July.
We are all very excited to host you in October!
Accommodation options will be provided in email updates upon registering your interest in the 17th Australasian Botanic Guides Conference on this website.
These will include a mix of hotels/hostels and apartments within easy reach of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, together with distance from the Gardens and suggested public transport route.
A taxi fare from Melbourne Airport to Melbourne CBD is approximately $70 and takes about half an hour.
You can request an Uber ride once you have exited the terminal. Your driver will meet you at the pick–up area.
The SkyBus shuttle operates seven days a week from the airport to Melbourne CBD and city hotels. Tickets can be purchased on arrival or online.
The closest station is Flinders Street Station. From there it is about a 30 minute walk to the Gardens’ main entrance or you can catch a tram along St. Kilda Road.
Tram routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 run regularly along St Kilda Road. Alight at Stop 19 Shrine of Remembrance/St Kilda Rd.
Free Tram Zone
The zone includes ALL trams within the boundaries of Spring Street, Flinders Street and La Trobe Street. Additionally, the tram routes along Victoria Street, William Street and Elizabeth Street as well as the Docklands area. You will need a Myki card to get to the gardens.
Route 605 travels from the south eastern suburbs. Alight at the Melbourne Observatory/Birdwood Avenue stop.
There is no onsite parking at the Gardens. There is street metered car parking for up to four hours close to entry gates. Please note that parking conditions vary according to nearby events. The City of Melbourne enforces parking restrictions in the area. Disabled parking bays are marked on the Gardens Map. It’s recommended that you download the PayStay app beforehand. The app direct debits the fee at the end of your stay so you only pay for the actual time parked.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is located in Birdwood Avenue South Yarra, approximately two kilometers from Melbourne's city centre.
You will need a myki card to travel on all public transport within metropolitan Melbourne and to some regional areas. You can buy a physical myki card or, if you have an Android phone, a digital myki called Mobile myki. Physical myki cards can be purchased and topped up at various shops, myki machines at train stations, or online (note: myki machines only sell Full Fare myki cards).
If you are new to Melbourne you may want to purchase a myki Explorer, which includes a ready-to-use myki card with one day’s unlimited travel on trains, trams and buses in metropolitan Melbourne, maps for trains, trams and the city centre, plus access to a range of offers across Victoria. A myki Explorer can only be purchased from selected outlets. A digital myki can be accessed with an Android phone via Google Pay.
These tours are not part of the Conference proper and arrangements for booking will be provided in updates that will be received on registering your interest through this website.
Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd October 2022
This tour comprising 3 days and 2 nights will be led by an experienced gardens guide and will take in 4 private gardens displaying outstanding spring blossoms. West Gippsland is approximately 100 km southeast of Melbourne, an area rich in dairy farming area spread across the rolling Gippsland Hills. The more northerly hills become steeper as they merge into the Great Dividing Range. Relatively fertile, the lowland areas are mainly given over to dairy farming, but are also noted for their niche agricultural produce, giving rise to the term "Gippsland Gourmet Country".
Friday 28th to Monday 31st October 2022
This tour comprising 4 days and 3 nights will be led by an experienced botanical guide and will visit renowned gardens in Victoria’s western district. As well as botanic and private gardens it will incorporate homesteads, and views of the spectacular Grampian Ranges. The Western District is bounded by the Wimmera to the north, the Goldfields to the east, Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean in the south, and by the South Australian border in the west. It consists of a nearly flat volcanic plain which makes it the best grazing land in Australia as well as suitable for production of vegetable crops. The district is well known for its wool production.
Day excursions have been planned to four different areas of Melbourne and form part of the conference. Further details will be provided in updates that will be received on registering your interest on this website. Selection of an excursion will be possible once Conference Registration (and payment) commences in 2022.
The various gardens selected for these excursions are on the basis of their historic value, specific botanic collection, demonstration of a landscaper’s work or other feature which is ‘one of a kind’.
1. Yarra Valley/the Dandenongs.
2. Melton Botanic Garden, Macedon and Bolinda Vale.
3. Mornington Peninsula including Dame Elizabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm property.
4. City Gardens including the System Garden at the University of Melbourne.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria comprises two sites, the Melbourne Gardens and the Cranbourne Gardens.
The Melbourne Gardens is a treasured part of Melbourne’s cultural life. It celebrated its 175th year in 2021 and has been much loved by Victorians and by visitors from interstate and overseas. It is a picturesque haven for recreation and an important resource for education, conservation, science and horticulture. Melbourne Gardens extends over 38 hectares and houses a diverse collection of more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world.
The Cranbourne Gardens opened to the public in 2006 and includes an area of natural bushland alongside the Australian Garden. The Australian Garden is an award-winning, contemporary botanic garden that celebrates the beauty and diversity of Australian landscapes and flora and features approximately 170,000 plants from 1,700 plant varieties. The bushland area is one of the few remnant heathland ecosystems close to Melbourne and is home to the Southern brown bandicoot. The overall Cranbourne site encompasses 363 hectares.
At Melbourne Gardens there are three categories of volunteers: Volunteer Guides who have led guided walks and special interest walks for 40 years, the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden Volunteers who are involved with horticultural duties and in assisting with various children’s programs (this garden opened in 2004), and the Garden Ambassadors who enhance visitor experience by informing and engaging with visitors by roaming the gardens or by utilising their mobile pod.
At Cranbourne the Garden Ambassadors engage with visitors and share information about the Australian Garden both one to one and on guided walks.