Melbourne Gardens Master Plan 2020–2040

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has developed a 20-year Master Plan for Melbourne Gardens. 

Melbourne Gardens, is widely admired as one of the world’s most beautiful botanic gardens, attracting over 2.1 million visitors per year. It is a place of respite for Melbourne’s residents and visitors, with picturesque vistas across lakes and sweeping lawns, punctuated with magnificent specimen trees and intricately detailed garden beds. This Melbourne Gardens Master Plan 2020–2040 has been developed to carefully guide change over the next 20 years, responding to a warming climate, increased recognition of Aboriginal cultural values, care for the State Botanical Collection, new public transport options (Anzac train station), and the evolving role the Gardens play in the broader life and health of the city. 

Melbourne Gardens Master Plan 2020–2040 proposes a number of projects including a new Nature and Science Precinct with an underground vault and state-of-the-art herbarium building to house the 1.5 million specimens in the State Botanical Collection; enhancements at the Gardens’ entrances, including a new Birrarung Gate celebrating the Aboriginal landscape; a new Arid and Drylands precinct; a performance amphitheatre; and an exciting Wild Wood for children to explore the wonders of nature. 

This Master Plan provides a vision for Melbourne Gardens and is a continuation of a long and successful stewardship of the site. It will provide the planning needed for future developments to support the work of the Gardens and safeguard plants for the wellbeing of people and the planet. 


Public feedback on the draft Melbourne Gardens Master Plan 2020–2040 has been completed. 

The feedback received during the public feedback period has been considered and incorporated into the final Melbourne Gardens Master Plan, which was launched in December 2020. 


Melbourne Gardens Master Plan 2020-2040

Melbourne Gardens Master Plan 2020-2040 Key Projects