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.

Melbourne Gardens Draft Master Plan 2019 – 2039 Summary Document (3.8MB)
Melbourne Gardens Draft Master Plan 2019 – 2039 Text document (5MB)


The public is invited to provide feedback on the proposed projects, outlined in the Melbourne Gardens 2019 – 2039. Public feedback is open until Friday, 19 April 2019. For more detail on the Master Plan please join one of our engagement events. Details are below:

Saturday, 16 March 2019
9.30 am – 12.00 pm Information session

Wednesday, 20 March 2019
5.00 pm – 6.30 pm Guided walk

Saturday, 23 March 2019
9.30 am – 12.00 pm Information session
2.00 pm – 3.30 pm Guided walk
To book: call 9252 2429 or click here


Disclaimer: All feedback is considered but responses to individual feedback is not possible.