Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is the custodian of landscapes and living plant collections renowned for their visual beauty and heritage, their scientific and horticultural interest. Melbourne Gardens was founded in 1846 when land was reserved on the south side of the Yarra River for a new botanic garden. Today it extends across 38 hectares that slope to the river in a verdant inner-city oasis of trees, garden beds, lakes and lawns. It displays almost 50,000 individual plants representing 8,500 different species. These come from every part of the globe, and are displayed in 30 living plant collections.
All areas of the Melbourne Gardens are accessible by walker and wheelchair excluding the Melbourne Observatory buildings due to their historically narrow entrances. Access to Fern Gully is not recommended due to the uneven path structure and narrow pathways.
Closest trams are those on St Kilda Road. Take Yarra Trams route 3, 3A, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 or 72 to stop number 19 or Domain Interchange/St Kilda Rd. Flinders St is the closest train station. Further transport information is available through the Public Transport Victoria Journey Planner.