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cranbourne botanic gardens waterway

Surround yourself in nature's playground. These stunning gardens are unlike any other gardens you're likely to come across. From lush bushland right through to the Red deserts, there's views to take in from every direction. When you stroll the gardens, keep an eye out for native species (birds, bandicoots...) and an abundance of flowers and native plants and trees.

It really is a peaceful haven with wonderfully laid out paths and connecting gardens. Be sure to take in the glorious view from the cafe. With the grounds measuring's you'll be thankful of a seat, coffee and bite to eat!

The gardens are a great day out for all the family with lots of things for the kids to do. Running along the eastern edge of the Australian Garden, the Rockpool Waterway has a designated wading area - look out for the red and yellow flags. It's a refreshing spot on a hot day and a place to kick off your shoes and have a little dip in the cool water. Our top tip for when you're done splashing at the rockpool waterway (and remembered to pack a picnic) is take a short walk to the Woodland Picnic Area and settle in for some more play - take note: there's absolutely no shade over the play equipment so slap on the sunscreen and hat. There's an undercover BBQ spot and bike and walking tracks to be discovered.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne, (off South Gippsland Highway)

Opening Hours:

Open: 9am – 5pm, every day (Closed Christmas Day).

Entry to Cranbourne Gardens is free.
No dogs allowed.