Accessibility Information

Disabled access

Melbourne Gardens provides wheelchairs at the Visitor Centre from 9am-5pm daily. 

Walkers, motorised and manual wheelchairs are welcome on all guided tours. All areas of the Melbourne Gardens are accessible by walker and wheelchair excluding the Melbourne Observatory buildings due to their historically narrow entrances. Access to Fern Gully is not recommended due to the uneven path structure and narrow pathways.

Motorised wheelchairs can access lawn areas but please take care after wet weather or watering.

Accessible car parking is available at several points around the Garden. Please view the Melbourne Map for exact locations.

The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is wheelchair accessible and stops on Birdwood Avenue, near the Observatory Plaza (Stop 13).

The locations of accessible toilets are marked on the Melbourne Map.

If you would like further information about accessibility at the Royal Botanic Gardens, please contact the Melbourne Visitor Centre:

T: +61 3 9252 2429.

Book a Wheelchair

All Abilities Access Key

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria now has an access key for both Cranbourne and Melbourne Gardens. This tool allows visitors with people with limited abilities to make informed decisions about their visit to the Gardens. It provides detailed information about parking, the gradient of paths and access. It also highlights accessible toilets and services that the Gardens provides, such as electric scooters. The Melbourne Access Key is available to download in either high contrast or large print formats, and the Cranbourne Access Key can be found in both formats here:

Access Key - High Contrast

Access Key - Large Print


Companion Card Holders

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria acknowledges companion cards and card holders are entitled to participate in any walks free of charge when they are accompanying a client.


Website Accessibility

We have designed the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria website ( to be as accessible as possible.



Whilst the Gardens strive to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.

We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing the Royal Botanic Gardens website, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


PDF files

Adobe® Reader® is free software you can use to read and access the information contained within PDF files. Adobe Reader contains many capabilities specifically designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to read PDF files, regardless of whether the files have been optimized for accessibility.



Please let us know of any problems you may have encountered, or of any features that you have found particularly useful. Contact us by email: webmaster.

We welcome any feedback you might like to give us especially where you feel we are not compliant or could provide better accessibility.

If you require any of the information on this website in any other format (including hard copy) please contact us.


Action Access Plan

The Access Action Plan 2011-15  formalises our commitment to access and inclusion and provides an effective blueprint for identifying and addressing barriers and realising new access opportunities.

To request copies of this document in different formats (e.g. large print, braille) — please contact us.