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Australian Forest Walk

The Australian Forest Walk focuses on displaying a range of Australian forest species from impressive forest giants to middle- and understorey trees and shrubs.

Explore forest plants from Victoria to Queensland in the Australian Forest Walk. This walk features informative signage telling the story of our forest habitats, and highlighting the importance of conserving these precious areas. 

Enjoy walking through out forest setting. Don't forget to look up and see the forest giants. Agathis robusta, the giant Queensland Kauri, Toona ciliata, the sensational Red Cedar and many more. Look down and see a large range of Australian Forest shrubs and groundcovers.

Best Viewed

  • Spring, Summer


Dianella tasmanica Tasmanian Flax Lilly

Large strap leaved monocot with striking blue flowers in spring/summer followed by dark purple globular fruits.

Plant Census

Find out what plants grow at Melbourne Gardens.

Key Plants

  • Elaeocarpus reticulatus (Blueberry Ash), small to medium sized tree up to 15m, white/pink bell shaped flowers in spring followed by colourful blue berries.
  • Toona ciliata (Red Cedar), large deciduous tree up to 40m x 2m trunk, small white/pink flowers in spring, known for its rich red/fragrant timber.
  • Banksia serrata (Saw Banksia), gnarled, large shrub up to 10m, oblong, serrated leaves, grey/green flower spike in autumn.
  • Banksia integrifolia (Coast Banksia), medium sized tree up to 20m, leaves sometimes serrated with silver underside, large yellow cylindrical flower spikes at various times of the year.
  • Corymbia citriodora (Lemon Scented Gum), large gum tree with strong lemon scented leaves.

Curator Notes

  • Handwater plants for the first couple of summers where there is root competition
  • Mulch to keep plants from drying out and to assist weed control
  • Treat hydrophobic soils


  • 1991 - Establishment of the Australian Rain Forest Walk. Formerly known as the Australian Border.
  • 2006 - Collection focus and name changed from Australian Forest Walk to Australian
    Forest Walk.
  • 2007–08 - Replacement of many Tasmanian plants with Victorian forest species to suit a competitive environment, where soil moisture is at a premium.