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About Cranbourne Gardens 

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is made up of the Australian Garden, an award-winning, contemporary botanic garden surrounded by over 300 hectares of remnant native bushland.  Cranbourne Gardens is recognised as a site of State significance for plant and wildlife conservation, home to over 25 endangered or rare and threatened species.    

Completed in October 2012, the Australian Garden was transformed from a sand mine and scrub to a botanic garden of international standing.  Designed by Victorian landscape architects, T.C.L. the Australian Garden aims to show visitors the diversity, beauty and functionality of Australian native plants.

Cranbourne Living Collections

Explore the Cranbourne Living Collections for a deeper understanding of the plants of the Gardens and hear from the curators.

Cranbourne Living Collections

Eco-Tourism Enhancment Project

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is improving access and experiences for our visitors thanks to funding from the Victorian Government.

Eco-Tourism Enhancement Project

Woodland Picnic Area

The Woodland Picnic Area is a fantastic bushland space for families and community groups. The Picnic Area is approx 400 metres from the car park and includes large open grasslands for ball games, a bicycle track, free barbecue facilities and a children's playground.

Trolleys available

To help you carry your picnic basket to the Woodland Picnic Area, a free trolley is now available at the Visitor Centre subject to availability. A refundable deposit is required.


  • The Large Pavilion contains four free gas barbecue hot plates and six picnic table and bench settings to seat at least eight people each.
  • The Small Pavilion contains two free gas barbecue hot plates and two picnic table and bench settings to seat at least eight people each.
  • The Copse Picnic Space is located past the playground in the far copse of trees and provides one picnic table with bench seats.
  • No bookings allowed.

Please note that pets and portable barbecues are not permitted under the Royal Botanic Gardens Regulations 2004. The Woodland Picnic Area is closed on days of total fire ban.

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