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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Tours

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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Get away from Melbourne’s bustling city center without actually leaving town at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. This 89-acre (36-hectare) park is home to more than 8,500 plant species, tranquil lakes, and lush lawns. Join guided walking tours, workshops, or presentations, or feel free to walk around the flourishing oasis on your own.

The Basics

Since 1846, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria have provided Melburnians with an escape from busy city life. With a mix of native and exotic plant species, there is always something interesting happening in this massive park. Many city tours pass by and discuss the gardens, one of the main highlights of the city, and specialized tours—such as Aboriginal heritage tours—go in-depth into its history and horticulture.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are ideal for botany buffs and spontaneous travelers who want a respite from the busy streets of Melbourne.
  • The gardens are free to enter.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle to enjoy your time strolling around the massive gardens.
  • Except for the Melbourne Observatory buildings, the gardens are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Wheelchairs are available at the visitor center and the Terrace Café from 9am to 5pm daily.

How to Get There
The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are a 15-minute walk from Flinders Street Station. Many trams run up and down St. Kilda Road to the various garden entrances, which are located within the city’s Free Tram Zone.

When to Get There
The gardens are open daily from 7:30am to sunset. The best time to visit is in spring, when all the plants are in bloom and the city is less crowded.
 
An Indigenous History
Get to know Australia’s indigenous history and its native plant life at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, which feature extensive information on Australia’s native people. For a richer cultural experience, take an Aboriginal Heritage Walk and learn how tribes use the plants as food and medicine, and even see a traditional smoking ceremony.
Address: Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
Admission: Varies
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18 Tours and Activities to Experience Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

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Aboriginal Heritage Walk - Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens

Aboriginal Heritage Walk - Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens

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This fascinating tour will introduce you to the ancestral lands of the Koolin nation and teach you about Aboriginal traditions. You won’t have to worry about getting lost, as an Aboriginal guide will accompany you around Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Garden. Enjoy learning about indigenous plants and trees, and their uses for food and medicine. It’ll be a fascinating cultural experience as you’ll be part of a traditional smoking ceremony, and also get to sample lemon myrtle tea.
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Melbourne Balloon Flight at Sunrise

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Get an enchanting new perspective on Melbourne aboard a hot air balloon flight over the city at sunrise. Soar over modern skyscrapers, urban parks, famous sporting arenas, and the Yarra River as early morning light bathes the skyline in a rosy glow. After your unforgettable flight, toast the new day with an optional champagne breakfast.
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Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

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Discover Melbourne’s history and highlights on this guided Yarra River cruise. Float past the city’s towering skyscrapers and lovely urban gardens while learning about the transformation of this vibrant city from 19th-century port town to a modern cultural capital. Your sightseeing cruise takes you upriver and downriver for a scenic overview of attractions on both banks.
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River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise

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Take in a bounty of Melbourne’s highlights along the scenic Yarra River on this narrated sightseeing cruise. Spend a delightful hour aboard a riverboat as you glide under the Princes Bridge and past beautiful river gardens, Herring Island, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and other top cultural attractions.
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The Explorer - Melbourne Gardens

The Explorer - Melbourne Gardens

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At 38 hectares, it can take a long time to see all of Melbourne’s beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens by foot. This minibus tour offers a perfect solution for visitors wishing to take in the gardens’ natural beauty in just 30 minutes. The ‘hop on, hop off’ feature adds extra flexibility to anyone who wants to stay longer and get a closer look at certain gardens.
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Melbourne Bike Tour with Lunch

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See more of the Melbourne sites that interest you on this half-day, guided bike tour. From hidden laneways to historic landmarks, get an insider’s perspective on the best of Melbourne while enjoying the speed and flexibility of touring on two wheels. Start your tour in central Melbourne or the cruise port to suit your interests. Bikes, gear and lunch are included on this small-group tour.
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Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

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Spend a delightful morning exploring top Melbourne sights from aboard a comfortable coach. Learn about the city’s fascinating history from your informative driver and guide as you explore highlights such as Queen Victoria Market, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Parliament House, and Cook’s Cottage. To extend your sightseeing, upgrade for an optional cruise along the scenic Yarra River.
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2 Day Exclusively Private Tour Of Phillip Island & The Great Ocean Road

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Melbourne City River Trails

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Enjoy a private 2-hour cruise on the Yarra River with this self-drive boat rental in Melbourne. No license is required to drive this vessel, which has a fully enclosed cabin option if needed. Bring up to 10 friends and family members on board for a relaxing and scenic cruise. Create your own sightseeing tour by passing top attractions such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Southbank, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Federation Square and the Docklands. You can even disembark at Herring Island Park to walk around its outdoor sculpture park.
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LGBT+ Friendly 2 Day Private Tour Great Ocean Road + Phillip Island

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LGBT+ Friendly Full Day Phillip Island Private Tour

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This LGBT+ Friendly tour gives everyone a safe space in which to enjoy their private tour, with a guide who is also part of the LGBT+ community. The tour includes all admission tickets to all the attractions we visit. The tour has a set itinerary, but we encourage guests to contact us prior to the tour date if they have any specific interests, so we can include this as part of the tour. As it is a private tour, we try and give as much flexibility to our guests as possible.
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Guided Walking Tour of Melbourne Yarra River

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See Melbourne With A Local: Private & Personalized

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Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You will also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do.
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Private Melbourne City Sights - Afternoon Tour

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Melbourne Gardens and Days Gone By Private Tour

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Should I book Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 18 Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria costs USD 27.47. Guided Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria tours start around USD 27.47 per person. See all 18 Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria tickets and tours on Viator.
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