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Just a 45 minute drive from Melbourne's city centre, discover the astonishing beauty and diversity of more than 170,000 individual native plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. You will find them displayed in settings that capture the essence of Australia's diverse landscape from the Red Centre to the coastal fringes.The Australian Garden comprises 11 new precincts and new facilities including a visitor kiosk at the northern end of the garden, boardwalks and viewing platforms on Howson and Gibson Hills, and an amphitheatre for education programs and performances.It is a place where you can explore the evolving connections between people, plants and landscapes. The Australian Garden is also a place where you can discover inspiration and information about how to use Australian plants in your garden.Tours, activities and programs in the Australian Garden provide a range of informative and exciting experiences for visitors of all ages.Take a ride on the Garden Explorer to discover this amazing 15 hectare garden. For a small fee you can hop on and off as you please.From the Australian Garden, head into the bushland and picnic areas or visit the Gardens Shop, Boon Wurrung Cafe or Kiosk.The Woodland Picnic Area is a fantastic space for family, friends and community groups. It has free gas barbecues, picnic tables, a huge children's playground and large open spaces for ball games. Entry to the Woodland Picnic Area is free. The Woodland Picnic Area can be accessed from the Australian Garden car park by foot, only 400 metres walk.With ten kilometres of walking tracks, abundance of native animals and Trig Point, a lookout tower, the gardens are an ideal place for natures-lovers to enjoy the Australian bush.
This is a free attraction
Melway Map 133, ref K10. Drive from Melbourne along the Monash Freeway, M1 to the South Gippsland Highway, M420. Signs to the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne will direct you to Ballarto Road.
The Australian Garden is open every day except Christmas Day. The rest of Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is closed on Christmas Day, days of total fire ban and extreme weather.