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Parks & gardens

See for yourself exactly why Victoria is the Garden State – inspiring, bold and distinctly Australian, the state's parks and gardens leave a deep, lasting impact on visitors.

Botanical highlights

Victoria is home to a seemingly endless list of modern and heritage gardens. Explore the 15-hectare Australian Garden within the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. Mixing art, architecture, and innovative design and based on the story of water throughout the nation, the Australian Garden will completely absorb you in the Australian landscape.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is a 45-minute drive from Melbourne and easily included in the South East Touring Triangle.

Spectacularly different to the Cranbourne gardens is the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. A stone's throw from the city centre, the gardens form a critical part of Melbourne's culture and identity. The gardens buzz during the summer months with theatre performances, exhibitions and the highly popular Moonlight Cinema.

The Garden State

Venture into Victoria's regions to take in unmissable green spaces, like the William Ricketts Sanctuary. Tucked into the Dandenong Ranges, an hour from Melbourne, the sanctuary's tranquil forest hides hauntingly beautiful ceramic sculptures of Aboriginal figures and native animals.

Indulge your love of gardens and nature in the Mornington Peninsula. Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Peninsula boasts a wide range of parks and gardens. Explore the heritage horticulture in Heronswood Estate, and get lost and found in Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, home to Australia's oldest and most famous hedge maze plus 25 acres of stunning gardens.

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Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

Discover this lush garden with its manicured lawns, colourful flowerbeds and heritage listed trees.

Buninyong Botanic Garden

Stroll among the trees, picnic by the lake and admire the historic features of these serene gardens.

Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens

The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens were founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit community...

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens

Australia's most unique Botanic Gardens, a prime example of what community spirit can achieve, is...

Albury Botanic Gardens

Albury's beautiful Botanic Gardens have been established for over 130 years and give residents and...

Hamilton Botanic Gardens

The site for these gardens was set aside in 1853 and first planted in 1870, making them one of the...

Sale Botanic Gardens

The 150 year old Sale Botanic Gardens sits next to the Lake Guthridge precinct and contains...

Bendigo Botanic Gardens

Admire botanic specimens, visit the picnic pavilion, and stroll through the aviary and by the lagoon.

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Perch high on the hill in these gardens for uninterrupted views of Daylesford town and surrounds.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Discover more than 12,000 species of plants and a sanctuary for native wildlife.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Cranbourne Gardens

Discover the astonishing beauty of 170,000 individual native plants in typical Australian settings.

Horsham Botanic Gardens

Designed by William Guilfoyle in the 1870s this was originally a reserve of 37 acres, but only...

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Panorama Garden Estate

Enjoy a great day out visiting one of Australia's largest private gardens and wildlife reserves at Panorama Garden Estate. Panorama Gardens is a...

Museums

Buda Historic Home & Garden

While away an afternoon exploring the historic villa and enchanting gardens established by prominent silversmith Ernest Leviny in the 1860s.

Heritage buildings

Beleura the House and Garden

Book ahead for a half-day guided tour of this stunning 1863 Italianate mansion and its gardens, with lunch and shuttle bus transport provided.

History & heritage

Como House and Garden

A stone's throw away from Melbourne's shopping mecca and perched high above the Yarra River lies the sanctuary of Como. Boasting one of Melbourne's...

Magical mazes

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Melbourne

Discover abundant parks and leafy gardens in Melbourne and take a break from the pace of the city.

The Murray

See native desert plants, traditional plantings, and historic monuments in the region's parks.

Great Ocean Road

See wildflowers, plants and rainforest natives throughout the Great Ocean Road region in spring.

Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges

Visit immaculate gardens dotted around the Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges region.

Grampians

Spend a while in the serenity of the elegant designer civic gardens in Hamilton and Horsham.

Goldfields

The Goldfields region boasts exquisite parks and charming botanic and period gardens.

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

Witness an explosion of colour in the parks and gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Mornington Peninsula

Have a blooming wonderful time in Mornington Peninsula's manicured and heritage parks and gardens.

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Blue Lotus Water Garden

The Blue Lotus Water Garden has grown to cover 50,000 square metres of tropical themed garden in the heart of the Yarra Valley. It features thousands...

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Benalla Analemmatic Sundial

The Benalla sundial was built to mark the centenary in 2005 of Rotary International. It's called the sundial of human involvement because it relies...

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Hamilton Botanic Gardens

The site for these gardens was set aside in 1853 and first planted in 1870, making them one of the earliest provincial botanic gardens in Australia....

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Horsham Botanic Gardens

Designed by William Guilfoyle in the 1870s this was originally a reserve of 37 acres, but only eight acres remained by 1982. Clubs and individuals...

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Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

Perch on the hill for uninterrupted views, take in the floral charms of Begonia House, or get a taste for Alla Wolf-Tasker's cuisine at Wombat Hill House.

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Barooga Botanical Gardens

The Barooga Botanical Gardens has been built up from a dusty paddock to a beautiful botanical gardens with a water feature, three barbecue settings...

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Ard Choille Heritage Garden

The Ard Choille Heritage Garden is both botanically and historically one of the best of the renowned Mt Macedon gardens, which as a group represent...

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The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden

The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden, located at Melbourne Gardens, is a magical place for children to discover the world of plants. It is a...

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Flagstaff Gardens

Escape to the serene Flagstaff Gardens with a picnic from the Queen Victoria Market and lounge by the roses, play bowls, and admire the monuments.

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