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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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Horsham Botanic Gardens

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

Sale Botanic Gardens

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

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

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

Albury Botanic Gardens

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

Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens

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

Royal Botanic Gardens

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

Hamilton Botanic Gardens

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

Buninyong Botanic Garden

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

Australian Inland Botanic Gardens

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

Bendigo Botanic Gardens

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

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Cranbourne Gardens

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

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

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

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Historic estates

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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.

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.

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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...

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...

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Grampians

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

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.

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.

Goldfields

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

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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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Carlton Gardens

Enjoy the wildlife, majestic landscaping and ornamental features of these heritage-listed gardens, a popular picnic area for locals and museum visitors.

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Euroa Arboretum

Only three kilometres south of Euroa sits the Euroa Arboretum, here 27 hectares of native plants and vegetation provides the perfect place to relax,...

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Bonsai Island

Bonsai Island has everything for the bonsai enthusiast, including an outdoor display area with quality established bonsai for sale. There's also...

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William Ricketts Sanctuary

Take a drive out to Mount Dandenong and while away a few quiet hours in the peaceful surrounds of the world-renowned William Ricketts Sanctuary.

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Kuranga Native Nursery and Paperbark Cafe

Kuranga Native Nursery and Paperbark Cafe has absolutely the largest range of Australian native plants, anywhere. Winner of a number of awards,...

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.

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Aussie Wool Quilts

Take a tour, meet the menagerie, enjoy lunch or morning tea in the gorgeous 1890’s homestead gardens then indulge in a little retail therapy. You can...

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Lambley Nursery and Gardens

Located in Ascot and only a short drive form Ballarat, Lambley's Dry Garden featuring frost-hardy plants requiring very little watering is world...

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Scenic lookouts

Head for the hills to explore Victoria's stunning alpine regions and rugged mountains all year round, taking in soaring views of the valleys below.

Art, theatre & culture

Architecture

From heritage buildings to bold contemporary designs, Melbourne and Victoria boast vivid streetscapes highlighted by the contrast of old and new.

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Art galleries

From Indigenous works to contemporary installations, Victoria's countless galleries showcase a wide range of Australian and international talent.