Discovering a hidden haven in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia

Despite a fairly short visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne yesterday I managed to take an unreasoable amount of photos. It was a bit hard to resist because I love visiting these gardens and it was a perfect summery day. I just wish I had more time to wander!

The Botanical Gardens in Melbourne are not particularly old compared to other Botanic Gardens, as they were established in 1846. You can find out more about the history of the gardens here.

A view over the Ornamental Lake

Lots of turtles and eels live in the lake. do lots of Black Swans

The gardens, although modernised in parts and tweaked to be less resource consuming in maintenance still hold Victorian era charm. There is something about the gardens that really speaks to me of childhood books and imaginings and I think they would be a wonderful setting for an adventure.

I even love the signage at the gardens, I hope that they never replace these beautiful hand lettered signs with computer printed ones!

While the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens hark very much to England as many public spaces and buildings at the time it was established did, the Royal Cranbourne Botanic Gardens has recently been established as a sister garden that is a more contemporary garden and one that holds Australian rather than exotic treasures. It takes pride in place rather than a distant land and I hope to be back soon to see the progress of stage two of this still very new Botanic Garden.

Still, IΒ  wonder if it is genetic longing, but I do still love the old eclectic Victorian collector’s appeal of the Melbourne garden.

The Gardens House. Ah, to live here with a view over the gardens!

The border by the Garden House.

The gardens sit by our distinctively mud coloured Yarra River and can be reached by a pleasant walk through Queen Victoria gardens and past Government House from Flinders Street Station.

You can pass The Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden on your way through Queen Victoria Gardens on the way to the botanical gardens. Yes, that's a lot of gardens.

I’ll be back to do a couple more posts on my visit in the coming days. I’ll be sharing some of the beautiful old specimen trees and the newest development of ‘Guilfoyle’s Volcano’.

But for now, it’s time to go and face my own less than mainicured garden!


I've been to the gardens several times and somehow never noticed this''roll'' of directors. Maybe it was even more overgrown on previous visits!

Comments on: "Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens – Part I" (10)

  1. Good Morning Heidi: Thanks for sharing your visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Looks like a good place to go and just relax while enjoying the gardens.

    Have a wonderful day,

  2. Dear Heidi, I love seeing this fabulous garden . . . especially during our winter . . . beautiful tour! Love the turtle’s back . . . a mini ecosystem there. Wishing you all the best in the New Year! Carol

    • Hi Carol, I thought a few people might enjoy some cross hemisphere sunshine πŸ˜‰
      The turtles were amazing with their different degrees of greenery, I think you could use the comparative development of their little ecosystems to tell their age!

  3. Great photos. I loved the turtle’s back too!

  4. Hello Greenwords and thanks πŸ™‚ I’ll be back to see those turtles again one day!

  5. Heidi … thank you for sharing a bit of sunshine and flourishing gardens! It’s a blustery, cloudy cold winter day and this warmed me up (besides my fuzzy slippers & thick fleece)!

  6. Hiya Shyrlene πŸ™‚ Glad to have been able to help with some warming images!
    Although today it is getting a bit extreme here with 37c predicted, so I could do with some of your blustry cold winds!

  7. Every time we visit Melbourne, which isn’t all that often, we’ve always taken a stroll through these Gardens. I just love the assortment of trees and plants there, as they’re specimens we don’t get to see up here. Loved your collection of photos, especially the one of the border by the house.

  8. Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for putting up these great photos and your kind words about the Gardens (and also the kind words from other respondents above!) It’s always nice to hear that visitors have enjoyed their time in the Gardens. The turtles are definitely a favourite here and we recently confirmed that the Gardens is home to two species of turtle, not one as we previously thought. So your pic is either of a Common Long-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis) or a Murray River Turtle (Emydura macquarrii). Also love the pic of Gardens House and the Perennial Border, which looks gorgeous at this time of year.

    Happy gardening!

    Marketing team
    RBG Melbourne

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