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The Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne are pleased to announce that as of 7
July 2011, entry to the Australian Garden is now FREE for all visitors.
The permanent removal of entry fees to the Australian Garden has been made possible through increased annual funding from the Victorian Government and will allow more people than ever to experience the sights and sounds of the Australian Garden.
Viewing Australia's indigenous flora at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is an experience that the whole family can enjoy. Valuable, entertaining and educational and a different family getaway.
At the Gardens in Cranbourne you can learn what native plants grow best and where to grow them.
How to sustain their growth and how to preserve our most precious resource water.
1000 Ballarto Road
Cranbourne Victoria 3977
The Botanic Gardens Cranbourne are open from
9:00am to 5:00pm everyday except Christmas day.
The drive from Melbourne City should take around 45 minutes along the South Gippsland Hwy.
Visiting the Gardens can be a full days experience with:
Or you can take a short stroll through the awesome display of Australia's native plants in the more formal planted gardens.
When most people think of the word "Botanic" or "Botanical" they probably conger up pictures of sweeping, well manicured lawns and tranquil lake settings.
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne are very different.
Pause for a moment and picture this:
At the Gardens in Cranbourne there is an amazing, unique and award winning garden exhibit. In this section can be found several different display areas.
This garden features vibrant red sand, circles of saltbush and shapes that typify the central regions of Australia.
Seasonal shows of wildflowers bring a special excitement to this area.
This area has been inspired by places like Uluru and Kings Canyon. The plantings are typical of those found in and around these types of waterways.
The Escarpment Wall Sculpture is over 100 meters in length!
Here we are in the desert Area with a feeling of vast open spaces, dry creek beds and sparse vegetation.
Discover here at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, very unique native plants that have evolved to counter the effects of the Drought and Flooding Rains.
In this Garden you will find young, immature examples of ... Ironbark
Wander through this section and listen to the Australian Native Birds that fly throughout the trees and bushes in this beautiful garden.
Do you love birds?
Check out these beautiful posters of some of Australia's best.
This area shows how to group plants with similar water needs and choose plants which require minimum watering in a garden.
This Garden shows the use of natural plant materials that have been recycled into a children's play area--an alternative to Plastic.
This garden features various alternate ways of gardening, such as special plant choices and novel mulches.
A Section that shows a number of gardens featuring native plants for some common types of homes found in Australia.
Drop into the modern Visitor's Center for lots of informative literature, the service desk staff are very helpful and ever so friendly.
For that unique gift with a real authentic Australian theme, visit the Gift Shop at the Botanic Gardens. It is crammed full of some beautiful arts and crafts and plenty of unique souvenirs.
Then, when you feel like a break, enjoy a cuppa or a glass of local vintage wine and a bite to eat at the Licensed Cafe overlooking the Australian Garden.
Below the Visitor's Center in the Undercroft where you can experience the glorious and breathtaking beauty of The Australian Orchid Collection.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm everyday except Christmas day.
The bushland area is free to the Public and there is a small fee to visit the Australian Garden.
There is FREE ENTRY for children under 16.
Click this link, Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne for more detail on the actual areas within the Gardens. This is also recommended as there are often Special times to visit the gardens. Check out the School Holiday Programs.
For a full day's experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne you can begin by entering the main entrance and turn left down Stringybark drive
Have yourself a picnic at the Stringybark Picnic Spot, then walk through the Native Forest, past the wetlands and swamp areas. Make your way to the Visitor's Center and then explore The Australian Garden(small charge applicable).
Head back to your car through more bushland and if you are lucky you may come across some of Australia's unique wildlife.
For a shorter experience drive directly to the car park at the Royal Botanic Gardens and park under the unique Paperbark trees.
Watch as you drive through this area as the Australian wildlife roam freely everywhere.
Stroll up to the Visitor's Center and from there really start to have some great family fun.
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