Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens Tour

1.5-hour tour

Discover local fauna and flora

Available year round

In the heart of the city, the beautiful Melbourne Gardens occupies what was once a traditional camping and meeting place for the Boon wurrung and Woi wurrung people. Today, you can participate in one of the most interesting walking tours in the city, gaining a fascinating introduction to the medicinal and spiritual uses of the local flora by diverse Aboriginal cultures.

Tour Highlights

Experience a traditional Welcome to Country

Take part in a ritual cleansing “smoking” ceremony

Enjoy a refreshing cup of myrtle tea

Discover the many uses of plants as medicine, food, and tools

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Tour Information


AUD $40 per adult, $15 per child

Meeting point:

Visitor Centre Melbourne Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne 3004

Start time:

11:00 a.m.


Sunday through Friday


1.5 hours

Group sizes:

Maximum 20 | No minimum

What to bring:

Comfortable walking shoes

Your Guide:

A local Aboriginal expert in flora

Good to know:

This tour can be booked privately, and can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of any group. Contact us to enquire about private tour.

Discover Aboriginal Culture through Flora

This tour begins with a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony in order to cleanse and prepare ourselves for the enlightening experience we’re about to have! Your expert naturalist guide will lead you through the different environments in the Botanical Gardens, giving you insight into how ancestral Aboriginal cultures lived within the different environments — from forest to rainforest to wetlands — and made use of the local resources. After you discover the many uses of local flora as tools, medicine, and food, we’ll finish the tour with a refreshing cup of lemon myrtle tea.