The Royal Botanic Gardens is an oasis on the City fringe. It flaunts over 36 hectares and displays more than 50,000 plants, walks and guided tours, plant craft cottage, The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden, Jardin Tan, The Gardens Shop, and plays host to a myriad of special events, School Holiday action and classes for the young and young at heart.


The kids will love the Ian Potter Childrens Garden, it's a magical place to discover the world of plants. It’s a place where children can dig, build, imagine, create, hide....come and explore!

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Our family loves it in all seasons (throwing falling Autumn leaves is a given for our kids or wondering barefoot in the Children's Garden another)!

Here's what's happening in the great outdoors at The Royal Botanic Gardens:

Just as flowers blossom all over the City in spring, so do great events for Victorian Families and there's often fun-filled events at the gardens to soak up.

A child-sized water feature, furniture hand-carved from a fallen tree branch, and a ‘Desert Island’ are the star attractions of the revamped and extended Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden. They've also added a sandpit and the herb/vege garden is always a delight to roam and discover. It's the water play areas that are the real drawcards here. Bring the kids swimmers and towel - they're going to get wet!

Water features

- Rill (stream): 10am–4pm daily

- Spiral fountains: 10am–4pm on days when the temperature is forecast to exceed 25 degrees. The fountains do not operate when the forecast is less than 25 degrees.

When the fun wears off bring the kids to Jardin Tan for a spot of brunch or lunch. The kiosk is good for take-away coffee, croissants/pastries and lemonade!

Of course, the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens isn't limited to the City, the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is one of Victoria's most precious areas of native bushland and offers nature-lovers the chance to explore 363 hectares of untouched heathlands, wetlands and woodlands. It's family discovery in abundance here too.

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Birdwood Avenue South Yarra, Victoria 3141

Opening Hours of the Children's Garden:

Open 10am–sunset Wednesday–Sunday and public holidays; 10am–sunset seven days a week during Victorian State School holidays.

Closed to the public Monday–Tuesday during Victorian State School terms for booked school groups only

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.