Melbourne Gardens Master Plan 2019 - 2039

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is preparing 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 1.9 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. Melbourne Gardens 2019 - 2039 Master Plan 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 2019 – 2039 proposes a number of projects including a new Nature and Science Precinct with a 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 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 the preservation of plants for the well-being of all people.



Public feedback on the draft Melbourne Gardens Master Plan 2019-2039 has now closed.  

The feedback received during the public feedback period will be considered and the final Melbourne Gardens Master Plan is now due for release in August 2020.