5 Budget-Friendly Ways To Explore The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne


The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is not just a sought-after local attraction but also one of the finest botanic gardens in the world.


For over 165 years, local and international visitors had treasured the Gardens. In fact, it has been named as “Top 2 of 331 Things To Do In Melbourne” and awarded with the “Certificate of Excellence” at TripAdvisor.


Best of all? Admission is free.


1. Self-guided Walk


No matter how small they seem, plants are fundamental to our lives on Earth. They provide us Oxygen that we need, food that we eat, and medicines that heal us. Know the essence of the plants by visiting the Gardens.


The Gardens is home to more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world. It consists of cacti and succulents, Californian species, herbs, roses, perennials, cycad, camellias, Southern China plants, and South-Eastern Australia plants.


Savour the beauty of the vast collections of plants by strolling through the Gardens with a trusty map.


2. Garden Explorer Tour


A calming way to discover the beauty of this 38-hectare garden is by entering the bus of the Garden Explorer. Upon hopping on the bus, the live commentary will enrich your knowledge about the different plants and history of the Gardens. The ride will also let you absorb the stunning landscapes.


The Garden Explorer tour runs daily from 11 am to 3 pm. Rates to this tour ranges from $8-10 and a family of 4 can avail it for only $25.


3. Winter Discovery Tour


As the name suggests, the Winter Discovery Tour will take you on a journey to discover the plants that flourish during wintertime. You will get to enjoy the wide-ranging views and vistas that are exposed by the bare branches of deciduous trees.


If you are interested to know more about the abundance of the plants that are blooming in this time, enquire by calling (03) 9252 2429. This no-cost tour is scheduled daily except on Mondays.


4. Garden Highlights


Dreaming of a tour that lets you experience the Gardens in your own way? Dream no more as the Garden Highlights curates the group tour according to your needs. There are a variety of options to choose from!


Booking is made by arrangement and is subjected to the required number of participants. So gather your friends and family and grab this one-of-a-kind opportunity. By the way, the rate is as low as $9.60 per person!


5. Plant Craft Cottage Demonstration


Saving the best for last, I give you the “Plant Craft Cottage Demonstration Days”. Watch as the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne present their skills on plant crafts such as making Pot Pourri and Basketry. For the month of July, here is the schedule:


Natural Dye – 6 July (Wednesday)

Pot Pourri – 8 July (Friday)

Fibre – 12 July (Tuesday)

Basketry – 20 July (Wednesday)

Plant Card – 21 July (Thursday)


These demonstrations are free for everyone who books a spot! Simply email plantcraftcottage@gmail.com or call (03) 9650 3235.


Take a tour, take a picnic, and most especially…take your time! 🙂




Location: Private Bag 2000, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra Victoria 3141

Operating Hours: 7:30 am to Sunset

Telephone Number: +61 3 9252 2300

Website: https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au

Anna Agoncillo

Anna is a Registered Psychometrician and a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Psychological Studies, lead her to a career of writing and teaching. She is also the author of the new book entitled Psychology of Love, Money, & Life.


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