Melbourne Gardens Master Plan

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are preparing a 20-year Master Plan for our historic and world-famous botanic gardens.  

These Gardens are one of Melbourne’s most visited attractions with more than 1.6 million people entering the gates each year. The stunning 38-hectare site was established in 1846 and features more than 8,500 plant species sourced from around the globe.

Set within William Guilfoyle’s iconic picturesque landscape are displays that celebrate the beauty, diversity and importance of plants – some rare and threatened, others awe-inspiring for their size, beauty or botanical curiosity.

The last Melbourne Gardens Master Plan in 1997, included projects such as:

  • Perennial Border (1998)
  • Observatory Gate Precinct (1999)
  • Long Island (2004)
  • Canna Bed Rain Garden (2007)
  • Guilfoyle’s Volcano (2010)
  • Working Wetlands (2012)
  • Fern Gully Restoration (2015)

Now we are ready to create a new Master Plan that provides a vision for the Gardens we can share; a vision which celebrates the past and plans for the future. 

Throughout August 2016 we invited everyone with a connection to the Gardens and the Melbourne Observatory to share their ideas and thoughts. The first stage of consultation has now closed with lots of useful ideas received and we would like to thank everyone that contributed. We will now start to work with these ideas and look forward to sharing our draft Master Plan for public comment in May 2018 and launch the final Master Plan in August 2018.