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The Botanical Gardens around Melbourne

We visited two botanical gardens in and around Melbourne during our trip. The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne and the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne Gardens. We wanted to share our experience with these gardens. This article can be of help while you’re planning your own trip, or simply something to enjoy viewing and reading.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne Gardens

The first Botanical Garden we visited was the garden close to the city center, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne Gardens. This garden looked like a park with grass at first, but when we got further the garden kept becoming more interesting. There are different areas with certain themes and there’s a big pond in the middle of the garden. We especially loved the Tropical Glasshouse and the Grotto. The Grotto is a spot right above the Gardens and be found less than 100 meters north of the Lych Gate.

The Grotto, Kings Domain

If you’re planning to go to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria keep in mind that you can spend hours here. We spend approximately 2-3 hours here ourselves. Tip: You can combine a trip to the botanical gardens with the Shrine of Remembrance, a big building to remember the people who fought in the war. The monument is impressive and definitely worth visiting. You can get a nice view of the city from the top of this building. Kings Domain, Queen Victoria Gardens, and Alexandra Gardens are all right there next to each other and are nice areas to wind down with a bit of green and fresh air.

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne
Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

The second garden we visited was the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. Also known as the Australian garden as you’ll only find Australian plants and vegetation in this garden. That fact made this garden fairly different from all the other botanical gardens that we saw previously on our trip through Australia. The garden is variable from red soil to flowers and plants.

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

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