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Plant Collections

Australian Forest Walk

The Australian Forest Walk focuses on displaying a range of Australian forest species from impressive forest giants to middle- and understorey trees and shrubs.

Explore forest plants from Tasmania to Queensland in the Gardens' new Australian Forest Walk. This walk features informative signage telling the story of our forest habitats, and highlighting the importance of conserving these precious areas. 

Enjoy walking through out forest setting. Don't forget to look up and see the forest giants. Agathis robusta, the giant Queensland kauri, Toona ciliata, the sensational Red Cedar and many more. Look down and see a large range of Australian Forest shrubs and groundcovers.

Best Viewed

  • Spring, Summer


Dianella tasmanica Tasmanian Flax Lilly

Large strap leaved monocot with striking blue flowers in spring/summer followed by dark purple globular fruits.

Brachyscome multifida Cut Leaf Daisy

Spreading perennial groundcover with showy blue flowers in spring and summer.

Cordyline stricta Narrow-Leaf Palm Lily

Shrub with glossy green linear leaves. White to purple flowers followed by purple to black berries

Viola hederacea Native Violet

Fast spreading ground cover with kidney shaped green leaves. It displays white and violet flowers for most of the year.

Plant Census

Find out what plants grow at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Key Plants

  • Elaeocarpus reticulatus (Blueberry Ash), small to medium sized tree up to 15m, white/pink bell shaped flowers in spring followed by colourful blue berries.
  • Toona ciliata (Red Cedar), large deciduous tree up to 40m x 2m trunk, small white/pink flowers in spring, known for its rich red/fragrant timber.
  • Banksia serrata (Saw Banksia), gnarled, large shrub up to 10m, oblong, serrated leaves, grey/green flower spike in autumn.
  • Banksia integrifolia (Coast Banksia), medium sized tree up to 15m, leaves sometimes serrated with silver underside, large yellow cylindrical flower spikes at various times of the year.
  • Corymbia citriodora (Lemon Scented Gum), large gum tree with strong lemon scented leaves.
  • Agathis robusta (Queensland Kauri), very large coniferous tree up to 50m with scaly bark.

Curator Notes

  • Clean up tree litter after storms.
  • Use organic fertilizers and low phosphorous fertilizers for Proteaceae species.


  • 1991 - Establishment of the Australian Forest Walk. Formerly known as the Australian Border.
  • 2006 - Collection focus and name changed from Australian Forest Walk to Australian
    Forest Walk.
  • 2007–08 - Replanting of old 'Tasmanian' section with a focus towards forest species.