FAQ Cranbourne Botanic Gardens
Path plants on the entry path to the Visitor Centre
The distinctive trees on the entry path are Black She Oaks (Allocasuarina littoralis), which have been cultivated from our indigenous plants.
The main paths in the Exhibition Gardens and Eucalypt Walk are made from Tooberac Toppings. The main paths in the Arid Garden and Dry River Walk are made from Tuscan Toppings. These materials are available from some quarries and from most landscaping and building suppliers.
Paving stones – Granite
The colour of the paving stones along the Rockpool Waterway is called ‘South Australian Tawny brown’, which is also known as ‘South Australian Desert brown’.
Photography and Filming Permits
Permits are required for:
- Media Filming
- Student projects
- Wedding and commercial photography and filming
- Commercial videotaping and filming
- Commercial functions and activities.
Permits for commercial functions and activities are subject to approval based on the Royal Botanic Garden’s objectives and values.
For all commercial photography and filming permits, please contact:
Elizabeth White - Telephone: +61 3 9252 2359 Email: elizabeth.white
A $100 non-refundable application fee is required for all commercial requests and the fees, terms and conditions are outlined on the application forms, which are available upon request.
For all general media enquiries, please contact Katie O'Brien
Telephone: +61 3 9252 2470
The Australian Garden consists of 1,000 species which are identified with approximately 1,850 plant labels. However, as we have over 100,000 actual plants, there is a need to have duplicate labels made. The production of these plant labels is a long and amazing process that involves gathering information from the Australian Virtual Herbarium Project.
The small yellow dots on the map of each plant label represent real data. If a botanist or scientist has physically visited a particular site and has actually sighted a specific plant and lodged a specimen at a herbarium, then this location is represented as a dot on its corresponding plant label in the Australian Garden.
Plants of the Australian Garden
The book Plants of the Australian Garden is now available from the Visitor Centre and The Gardens Shop at RBG Cranbourne at only $9.95 each. Plants of the Australian Garden contains a comprehensive botanical list of the beautiful and varied plants found within the Australian Garden and also includes a handy guide to the water requirements of the plants, where they are located in the Australian Garden, the height and width when full grown, and tips for sourcing each plant for your own garden.
What do the red and white stripe poles in the Future Garden represent?
The Future Garden works best if you think of it as a work of art. The designers have referenced scientific drawings because they wanted the beds to represent Petri dishes or scientific experiments. Scientific drawings in journals often feature a scale bar or ruler as a point of reference. The red and white stripe poles reference the sorts of heights that the plants would obtain if they were not pruned.
See under – Burns Prescribed
The closest train station to the Gardens is Cranbourne, which is the last train station on the Cranbourne line. From Cranbourne train station, either take a taxi to RBG Cranbourne (estimated cost is $12 – 15 one way, call 131 008 to book a taxi) or catch the Route 795 bus and get off at the South Gippsland Highway/Ballarto Road stop. From there, the Gardens is a 10 – 15 minute walk.
Public transport to RBG Cranbourne and the Australian Garden is possible if visitors catch a train from Melbourne to Cranbourne station. As there isn’t bus service from Cranbourne station to the Gardens it is necessary to catch a taxi to the Australian Garden visitor centre. The cost of the taxi is approximately $12.00 - $15.00 one way. There is a taxi rank at Cranbourne station or you can book a local taxi on 131 008.
Last updated 15 Oct 2012
Last updated 01 Nov 2010