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Cranbourne Botanic Garden Victoria

This impressive family-friendly garden is a must-visit for families with kids.
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A family-friendly garden with a playground and water play
An accessible garden
Just an hour drive from Melbourne CBD
An open-air bus tour is available
Free entry into beautiful botanic gardens
Relaxing picnic areas and cafes

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Looking for family-friendly gardens and walks in Victoria? This impressive garden is a must-visit for families with kids. Just an hour drive from Melbourne CBD.

Visit Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Cranbourne Gardens in Cranbourne VIC with your family these school holidays. Perfect for a relaxing walk with beautiful scenery, and an interesting look at the unique Australian landscape. Explore the Australian Garden and discover Aussie plants and flowers you never knew existed! 

Cranbourne Gardens, including Australian Gardens, are a free garden with a focus on Australian native flora. The stunning design of the park, the walking trails and paths will inspire you and make you see a new side of Australia. It is such a beautiful garden! An absolute must-see and must-do in Victoria.

Download the Cranbourne Botanic Garden map here.

Cranbourne botanic gardens opening hours

The gardens are open daily from 9 am - 5 pm.

Be sure to leave a few minutes before as the gates close at 5 sharp.

The gardens are closed on Christmas Day.

Cranbourne botanic gardens playground and water play

Cranbourne Botanical Gardens are kids friendly. Although the garden trails may not be much fun for kids, the water-play area and Kids’ Backyard Garden are awesome. 

Feel free to splash around with your kids at Rockpool Waterway, and let them enjoy the slide and other activities in the Garden’s all-natural playground.

Note: Supervision is required for children playing in the waterway. Swimming and drinking from the waterway are prohibited.


There are toilets (including accessible toilets) on-site near the Visitor Centre. 

There are a cafe and a kiosk. Boon Wurrung Cafe provides many food options including delicious meals, coffee, tea, cold drinks, snacks and desserts. The Kiosk on the Northern End of the gardens offers snacks, coffee and simple meals. 

Cranbourne Botanic Garden Cafe Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 10 am to 4 pm

Weekends and School Holidays: 9 am to 4.45 pm

Closed on Christmas Day 

Kiosk Opening Hours

Weekdays, weekends, public and school holidays: 11 am to 3 pm (weather permitting)

Closed on Christmas Day


The gardens and Garden Explorer are accessible for:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Those with limited mobility
  • Those with limited eyesight (guide dogs are permitted)
  • Strollers and prams

The garden’s carpark has special parking spaces for those with a disability. 

The Australian Garden entry is using the stairs or a ramp. The lift is currently out of order but it is a good idea to check with the Botanical Gardens directly for updates.

The Garden Explorer

The Explorer circulates the garden every 30 minutes. An open-air bus tour that invites you to explore the Australian landscape and its highlights. 

Garden Explorer tickets:

Adult A$ 10, 

Child A$ 0, 

Concession/Friends member A$ 8

Senior A$ 8

During the January school holidays, the Explorer is replaced by a special Kids Explorer. It offers tours specifically for families. Experience the Aussie bush and its unique sounds, smells and sights.

Don’t miss it! Kids go FREE on the Explorer during January school holidays (Thursday 2nd January 2020 – Tuesday 28th January 2020).

Note: All children with a free ticket must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Garden Shed

There is a Garden Shed in the Northern Display Gardens, where you can visit the Garden Ambassadors to learn some tips and tricks for your home garden and how you can get involved in Cranbourne Garden activities. 

Garden Shed Opening Hours:

December to February: daily from 10 am to 2 pm

March to November: daily from 11 am to 3 pm.

Cranbourne botanic gardens gift shop

If you want to obtain a memento of the gardens, you can purchase a lovely little gift from the gift shop. There are many botanic-inspired items, the proceeds of which go to maintaining the gardens.

Gift Shop Opening Hours:

Daily from 9.30 am to 4.45 pm

Closed on Christmas Day

Cranbourne Botanic Gardens Woodland Picnic Area and more

Woodland Picnic Area and Stringybark Picnic Area are located very close to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Cranbourne Gardens. 

There is a playground for kids of all ages at Woodland Picnic Area.

The walk to the Woodland Picnic Area is around 400m and on a wheelchair-friendly fine gravel path.

Stringybark Picnic Area is located directly next to the Stringybark Picnic Area car park.

There are picnic tables, BBQs and toilets in both picnic facilities. 

Note: There are no rubbish bins. So take your rubbish with you to keep the picnic areas clean.

Note for dog-lovers: Dogs are not allowed in the gardens, except for guide or assistance dogs.

Walking Trails

Cranbourne Gardens offer a great variety of walking trails within its 363 hectares of land. Below is a list of the different walks ranked from low to high fitness level. Walking times are measured at a walking speed of 4 km/hour.

Woodlands Walk

  • 400m one way (10 mins) 
  • For all ages and abilities

Manna Walk

  • 1km loop (20 mins) 
  • For all ages and abilities

Wetlands Walk

  • 2.4km loop (45 mins) 
  • Moderate fitness required

Possum Gully Wildflower Walk

  • 3.5km loop (1 hour) 
  • Moderate/good fitness required

Wildlife Walk

  • 4.4km loop (1¼ hours) 
  • Good fitness required 

Wylies Creek Loop

  • 5.4km loop (1½ hours) 
  • Good fitness required

We recommend taking a water bottle, hat and sunscreen with you on these walks. Be mindful of snakes as the trails are located in bushland.


Where is Cranbourne botanical garden?

Cranbourne Garden is located on the corner of Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive, off South Gippsland Highway, in Cranbourne 3977, Victoria.

Click on the address at the top of the page to get directions.

Who designed Cranbourne botanical gardens?

Taylor Cullity Lethlean Landscape Architects and Paul Thompson (from Plant Design Pty Ltd) design the Cranbourne Gardens.

Why were the Cranbourne botanical gardens created?

The Royal Botanic Gardens recognised the importance of cultivating and protecting native Australian flora and fauna and established Cranbourne Gardens in 1970. The gardens opened to the public in 1989 and have since offered visitors a unique view of the Australian landscape.

Can you take dogs to Cranbourne botanical gardens?

Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in Cranbourne Botanical Gardens, with the exception of guide or assistance dogs.

Is there an entrance fee to Cranbourne botanic gardens?

Cranbourne Botanic Gardens are completely free!

Cranbourne Botanic Garden Victoria

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