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Relax in an elegant wooden punt in the calm of the early evening as you cruise around the Ornamental Lake and enjoy the stunning vistas of the Botanic Gardens in the heart of Melbourne. As the sun gets lower and the visitors to the Gardens disperse, watch the bird life venture out to fish and feed around the lake.

You are welcome to bring drinks or a hamper on board this hour-long tour - the perfect prelude to a later movie or show.

Price is per boat, seating up to eight people in each. Please contact Punting on the Lake if you would like to book for more than one boat. This is a private tour - your group will not share the boat with others. Advance reservations only.

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Price is per boat, seating up to eight people in each.

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  • Tour departs early evening, summer months only - departure times vary depending on the month. Advance bookings only. Please check schedule and availability and purchase tickets on the website.

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Enjoy a serene cruise with Punting on the Lake around the islands of the picturesque Ornamental Lake in Melbourne's stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. Settle back in an elegant wooden punt to enjoy a unique view of one of the world's finest gardens as your professional punter tells you about its history, environment, wildlife and plants.

Punts depart regularly from the Punting on the Lake landing in front of the Terrace Cafe, inside Gate A of the Royal Botanic Gardens (corner Alexandra Avenue and Anderson Street). Tours take 30 minutes and are suitable for all ages. Longer evening and sunset tours are also available throughout the summer. Reservations are recommended, and can be made through the website.

You can also enjoy a Punt Tour - High Tea Package with Punting on the Lake and the Terrace Cafe, or book a charter cruise for your wedding or function in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Gift vouchers for all our tours make a wonderful present and can be purchased through the website.

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