Located mere moments from the Ortus community, the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens is one of the most spectacular spots in Melbourne’s southeast.
Here you have over 300 hectares of native bushland, wetlands and woodlands to explore including the award-winning Australian Garden. Recognised as a site of state significance for plant and wildlife conservation, the Gardens are home to over 25 endangered or rare and threatened species of birds, mammals and reptiles. The Australian Garden is a definite highlight, with about 100,000 plants spread across 15 landscape displays and exhibition gardens. A beautiful display of the unique beauty to be found in our amazing country.
Fun fact: if you somehow managed to cover one hectare a day, it would take you a year to see all the Cranbourne Gardens. To make the task easier, however, there are ten kilometres of walking tracks weaving through the bushlands, as well as rest areas, lookouts and even barbecue facilities.
What’s on in the gardens?
There’s always plenty to see and do in the Gardens. Here are some of the activities happening in the coming weeks sure to tickle any nature lover’s fancy.
Great Southern Land Walk
1 November 2021 – 30 June 2022
Run daily at 11am, this guided walk led by a passionate guide will take you on a venture through the spectacular Australian Garden to discover the uniqueness of Australian flora and how they adapt to our climate.
Birds in the Australian Garden
11 December 2021 – 20 February 2022
On this guided tour, discover the wonderful birds that call the Australian Garden home. Keep your eyes peeled and you may just spot some of the garden’s smallest residents including the Superb Fairy-wren or the New Holland Honeyeater.
27 March – 22 May 2022
If you’re in need of some zen time, why not opt for a soothing Sunday sesh amongst the beautiful native gardens? Originating in Japan and now a popular public health practice in Asia and Europe, forest therapy is gaining traction around the world as an evidence-based, cost-effective and natural remedy – think of it as a ‘green prescription’ for a better you! Because as we know, we all feel better after spending some quality time in nature.
All you’ll need to bring along is yourself and a mat to sit on, then kick back and relax as you’re guided through an experience that will help boost your mental and physical health.