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March in the Gardens

As autumn arrives in the Gardens, the mornings are cooler and the days are warm. The Iuk (eel) season is now upon us, an ideal time to be out and about surrounded by nature!

With plenty of walks on offer this month, head to Cranbourne Gardens and experience our inaugural “Snapshots of Australia” daily walking tour.

It’s also not too late to pack a picnic and reel with laughter at Lovers, Fairies and Fools in  "A Midsummer Night's Dream", wrapping up on 10 March at Melbourne Gardens.

What's on


Snapshots of Australia

Introducing a brand new walking tour highlighting the seasonal colours immersed in the beauty of our award-winning Australian Garden.



ClimateWatch Walk

On this guided walk, learn how climate change is affecting our plants and wildlife, and collect valuable data for EarthWatch.


Woodlands Walk

Woodlands Nature Play Walk

Based on the book, 'We're Going on a Croc Hunt', families are invited to explore the bush and wildlife through storytelling and activities.


Latest news

Iuk season

Iuk eel season

We are moving into a season of great resource, scented by the flowering manna gum. This is harvest time, with equal days and nights.

This is the time for the First Peoples to host conferences and international trade fairs along the Birrarung. The prized iuk (eel) are fat and travelling en masse down the river to the sea. With many full moons, nights would have been full of celebration and dancing to the sound of possum skin drums.



R.I.P. our beloved Nuytsia

We have been observing the slow demise of the Nuytsia floribunda on Howson Hill at Cranbourne Gardens. Recent strong winds were too much, Nuytsia gave way at the base and is no longer with us.


The second stage of the Australian Garden development was deliberately designed around the visibility of this tree. Listed on the National Significant Tree Register, we have enjoyed the annual Friends pilgrimage to view colourful floristic display and appreciation of its horticultural significance.

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In bloom


Blooming Melbourne

The striking Stenocarpus sinuatus or 'Firewheel Tree' is blooming in all its glory, see how many you can find!


Blooming Cranbourne

See the dainty flowers of the Eucalyptus moorei, a tree suited for the home garden, found by the Kiosk.



March madness! Weekly new specials at Melbourne Observatory and Cranbourne stores!

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Melbourne Victoria 3004


Daily, 7.30am to sunset

Visitor Centre

Weekdays 9am – 5pm
Weekends and public holidays 9.30am – 5pm
Closed: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Visit Cranbourne

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Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive Cranbourne Victoria 3977


Daily, 9am – 5pm
Closed: Christmas Day

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria extends over two locations, Melbourne and Cranbourne. We believe that life is sustained and enriched by plants and our goal is to advance the understanding and appreciation of plants.

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