Punt in the Gardens this Spring
In a first for an Australian botanic garden, visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne this spring will be able to take a traditional punt cruise on Ornamental Lake.
Operated by Punt Tours Melbourne, this new Melbourne attraction will offer guided, chauffeured punt tours departing from a landing in front of The Terrace and cruising around the islands and bays of the lake.
Three beautiful wooden punts have been hand-crafted from Jarrah and Victorian Ash in the classic Cambridge design. Built in Christchurch, NZ from Australian timber by an Australian boat builder and weighing in at 300kg, each punt will be propelled by “punters” dressed in blazers and straw boaters. As you cruise you’ll get expert commentary on the history, wildlife and plants of the Gardens.
Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, said the new attraction will give visitors the chance to see the Gardens from a different perspective.
"I’m delighted to welcome this kind of punting to our Botanic Gardens. It has an elegance and style that suits Melbourne, along with a little cheekiness and humour,” he said.
“What a way to appreciate the beauty and plants of the Gardens, gliding peacefully across the Ornamental Lake. You’ll see our gorgeous garden landscapes as never before, as well as get close up and personal with our amazing birdlife and aquatic plants,” said Prof. Entwisle.
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