Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at Cranbourne Gardens contains one of Victoria’s most precious areas of native bushland and is home to an amazing range of plant and animal life, including several rare and endangered species. This diverse remnant bushland represents a rare glimpse of the type of vegetation that once covered much of Western Port and Port Philip Bay regions.

Untouched heathy woodland and wetland covers two-thirds of the 363-hectare site and provides visitors with a unique opportunity to explore pristine environments within an hour’s drive of Melbourne. There are several walking tracks in the bushland that are suitable for a variety of ages and abilities.

The Stringybark and Woodland Picnic Areas are great places to enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch or barbecue as you watch the bandicoots, Superb Fairy Wrens and Eastern Yellow Robins scampering and flitting among the vegetation.

Explore the heathy woodland on your way to the Trig Point Lookout, which you can climb for a 360-degree view across south-eastern Victoria including Western Port and Port Philip Bay, Mount Macedon and Melbourne's CBD.

Bring your bike along and explore more than 6km of cycling track through bushland and open grassland.

Please note that pets and portable barbeques are not permitted under the Royal Botanic Gardens Regulations 2004. The Stringybark Picnic Area is closed on days of total fire ban.