Visitor Information – Melbourne Gardens

Melbourne Gardens has reopened and is operating with some temporary changes. 

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Plan your visit

Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne 3004

Daily, 1st October – 31 March – 7:30am – 7:30pm

Daily, 1st April – 30th September – 7:30pm – 5:30pm

(Office hours Daily, 9am – 5pm)

Entry to Melbourne Gardens is free.

Visitor Centre

Located at the Observatory Precinct on Birdwood Avenue, our Visitor Centre provides information on the Gardens, tour bookings, wheelchair hire, toilets, cafes and the Gardens Shop. Wheelchairs are available for hire, with a $50 refundable deposit. 

Opening hours

9am – 5pm

Weekends and public holidays
9.30am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)


T +61 3 9252 2429

Enrich your visit

Tours run daily at Melbourne Gardens, and many seasonal events, workshops, talks and activities take place each month. Download a copy of our latest What’s On guide to see what’s taking place during your visit.

Daily tours

Garden Explorer
Discover the highlights of the 38-hectare Melbourne Gardens in comfort. Enjoy live commentary and take in stunning views. Book online, at the Visitor Centre or from the driver. 
Book your ride

Aboriginal Heritage Walk
Daily, except Saturdays
Melbourne Gardens is a significant site for the local Eastern Kulin Nation. Set off into these ancestral lands with an Aboriginal guide and gain insight into the area’s rich history and thriving culture.
Book the experience

Free Guided Walk
See the highlights of our green sanctuary in the city and uncover the history of this significant landmark.
Book the free walk


Find details here on access at Melbourne Gardens including wheelchair hire, wheelchair access, accessible parking, toilets, companion cards and companion animals.


Gardens Shop

View the beautiful range of botanic-inspired gifts and treasures and pick up a memento to help you remember your visit. Proceeds from every purchase go directly towards supporting the work of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

T +61 3 9252 2341

Observatory Shop
Open daily
10am – 4pm (Oct – Mar)
11am – 3pm (Apr – Sept)

Lakeside Shop
Open daily
10am – 4pm



Jardin Tan

Explore the vibrant, dynamic flavours of French-Indochina in a warm, welcoming space perfect for a bite with friends, a formal event or a lingering lunch. Jardin Tan represents the truest expression of the farm-to-table philisophy, celebrating the organic, bio-dynamic produce grown on-site within the Gardens. 

Enjoy a delicious Tiffin Tin in the Gardens! For $20 a person you can take your lunch to a nice sunny spot. Or if you would rather be indoors, you can order the Com Phan – a delicious family-style tasting plate of foods. 

Daily, 8am – 3pm
Dine-in options available

Daily, 8am – 3pm
Hot and cold drinks and limited food on offer.

For all enquiries
T +61 3 9691 3878

The Terrace

Fine food, wine and Melbourne's most spectacular views come together at The Terrace. With a sweeping outlook over the Ornamental Lake to Government House, indoor and outdoor dining is delightful. Open for lunch, Devonshire tea, high tea, coffee and cake.

Fri – Sun, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Dine-in options available

Daily, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Drinks and limited food on offer.

For all enquiries
T +61 3 9820 9590

The Terrace has seating with backrests and a designated unisex all-abilities toilet.

Visiting with children

The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden is a magical place to discover the world of plants, perfect for kids who love getting their hands dirty in the garden. It’s a place where children can dig, build, imagine, create, hide... come and explore! 

Each year the Children’s Garden takes a break in winter for regular maintenance and restoration for eight weeks following the end of July school holidays. 

Opening hours

Victorian State School term
Open Wednesday – Sunday and public holidays (on Monday and Tuesday the Children's Garden is reserved for booked school groups) 
10am – sunset

Victorian State School holidays
Open 10am – sunset, seven days a week

Dogs are welcome

Dogs are welcome at Melbourne Gardens but must be kept on a lead and supervised at all times. Dogs are not permitted in the following areas:

  • The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
  • Licensed cafes
  • Visitor Centre
  • Gardens Shop

Assistance animals are permitted throughout the Gardens.



Melbourne Gardens makes a beautiful setting for a picnic with family or friends. Please feel free to use the Gardens for picnics, with the exception of areas marked private, garden beds, The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden and areas that have been reserved for private functions. Barbecues are not permitted within the Gardens. Free public barbeque facilities line the Yarra River along Alexandra Avenue. To make your picnic more comfortable, deck chairs are available for hire


Melbourne Gardens provides shelter, natural foods and habitat for many species of birds and animals. Along with nearby parklands, we ask visitors to respect their wild nature and help us to keep them healthy by not feeding or handling them. It is also an offence under the Royal Botanic Gardens Regulations 2004 to feed any animals in the Gardens including birds, reptiles, amphibians or fish.


Help us protect Melbourne Gardens

The Gardens are for everyone to enjoy. To protect this precious space and the Living Collections, all visitors and activities within the Gardens are subject to and must comply with the Royal Botanic Gardens Regulations 2004 and the Royal Botanic Gardens Act 1991. Breaches of the regulations may incur a fine. The following activities are not permitted in the gardens:

  • Bicycle or scooter riding
  • Damaging or removing plants
  • Ball games
  • Roller blading or skate boarding
  • Climbing trees or plants
  • Jogging
  • Commercial activities or functions unless a permit is granted

Under the Regulations, the scattering of ashes within Melbourne Gardens is strictly prohibited. Families may wish to remember their loved one with a plaque as part of the Seat Sponsorship Program. Please contact the Development team on +61 3 9252 2303 for more details.

Take care of yourself

Falling tree limbs

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria regularly inspects and manages our trees to protect your health and safety. Despite these steps, trees may still unpredictably shed branches which may land well beyond the tree canopy spread.

When standing or sitting near trees, we ask that all visitors be aware of the unpredictable way in which branches may fall and land.


Swimming in or drinking from water features in the gardens is prohibited. Children must be supervised at all times.


Some fungi can be extremely poisonous and can be fatal to people and animals if ingested. Please do not gather or consume any mushrooms found in the gardens.