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Five ways to enjoy spring in Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the best places to appreciate and celebrate spring in the city. Here are five ways to make the most of it. 

Gardens Discovery Tour

Brush up on your plant knowledge and gain insights into the seasonal changes of local flora and fauna with the Gardens Discovery Tour. It runs twice daily and is free. 

A group of people walking in a park amongst trees, lawns, bushes and flowers

Royal Botanic Gardens

Aboriginal heritage walk

For thousands of years, the site of the Gardens has been a significant meeting place for the local custodians of the area, the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people of the Kulin nations. Get a deeper understanding of our shared environment on this Aboriginal heritage walk, which runs daily at 11am (except Saturdays).

Hands preparing a fire on a small wooden tray in an outdoor park

Aboriginal heritage walk

Punting on the Lake

See the gardens from a different angle with a cruise on an English-style punt around the Ornamental Lake. Discover picturesque islands and bays of the lake while learning about the history, wildlife and plants on this unique chauffeured experience. It’s also a stunning photo opportunity – and you can bring your dog!

Small dog sitting on orange couch with punter behind on the lake.

Enjoying the sunshine on the lake. Photo by: @world_of_frankie

Branch out with forest therapy

If you’re looking for a little natural therapy, soothe your soul with a spot of ‘shinrin-yoku’, aka ‘forest bathing’, a Japanese wellbeing practice that immerses the senses in nature. Forest Therapy runs twice weekly in the gardens.

Find-your-own highlights walk

There are plenty of ways to explore the gardens,  starting with the stunning old magnolias and peony varieties and the dramatic succulents and cacti of Guilfoyle’s Volcano. Nearby are the Arid Gardens where the aloes are in full bloom. On the central lawn are rare and threatened species native to Victoria, grouped into six blooming beds devoted to alps, grasslands, Grampians, Mallee and Eastern Ranges. Head to the Oak Lawn for the new season foliage of the purple-leaved English oaks.

Aerial view of a very intricate garden with the city skyline in the background

Guilfoyles Volcano

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