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Summer holidays at the Gardens

Thinking of relaxing at Melbourne Gardens or exploring the Australian Garden and bushland at Cranbourne Gardens during your summer holidays? Here is your guide to the Gardens over Christmas and New Year. 

Melbourne Gardens is open every day of the year including public holidays. The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden is open every day from 10am to sunset from 18 December to 2 February 2014.

Cranbourne Gardens is closed on Christmas Day only. 

The opening hours of Gardens' services and facilities are listed below. 


Christmas Day

Melbourne Gardens is open and features a free Harp concert by the Gardens’ resident harpist, Michael Johnson, lakeside at The Terrace from 2pm. Cranbourne Gardens is closed. 

Melbourne Gardens
Visitor Centre: closed
Children’s Garden: open from 10am to sunset; water feature on if temperature over 25 degrees
Observatory Café: open 9am – 4pm
The Terrace: closed
The Gardens Shop Observatory Gate: closed
The Gardens Shop Lakeside: closed

Boxing Day

Both Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens are open as usual. 

Melbourne Gardens
Visitor Centre: open 9am – 5pm
Children’s Garden: open from 10am to sunset; water feature on if temperature over 25 degrees
Observatory Café: open 7am – 5pm
The Terrace: open 9am – 5pm
The Gardens Shop Observatory Gate: open 9.30am – 5pm
The Gardens Shop Lakeside: open 9.30am – 5pm

Cranbourne Gardens
Visitor Centre: open 9am – 5pm
Boon Wurrung Café: open 9am – 5pm
Kiosk: open 10.30am – 3.30pm
The Gardens Shop: open 9.30am – 5pm
Garden Explorer: operating from 10am – 4pm (times may change at short notice; please check with the Visitor Centre on (03) 5990 2200 prior to arrival).


New Year's Day

Both Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens are open. 

Melbourne Gardens
Visitor Centre: closed
Children’s Garden: open from 10am to sunset; water feature on if temperature over 25 degrees
Observatory Café: open 7am – 5pm
The Terrace: open 9am – 5pm
The Gardens Shop Observatory Gate: open 9.30am – 5pm
The Gardens Shop Lakeside: closed

Cranbourne Gardens
Visitor Centre: open 9am – 5pm
Boon Wurrung Café: open 9am – 5pm
Kiosk: open 10.30am – 3.30pm
The Gardens Shop: open 9.30am – 5pm
Garden Explorer: operating from 10am – 4pm (times may change at short notice; please check with the Visitor Centre on (03) 5990 2200 prior to arrival).