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Hiking Royal Botanic Gardens

Follow shaded paths past lakes and manicured lawns and through stunning fern gullies, rainforest, cacti and woodland mini-landscapes.

Length: 3 kilometres
Walk: 2-3 hours at a medium pace
Track: Good
Grade: Flat
Start: Any entrance
Finish: Any entrance
Permits/bookings: None required

The 89 acre gardens on the Yarra River, established not long after Melbourne was founded, are among the world's finest. Wander past over 51,000 plants, representing 12,000 species, or join a guided tour. View plant craft exhibits in the Plant Craft Cottage, picnic on a sweeping lawn and observe the resident bird life.