In a 1/2 hectare corner of Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens is a fabulous space for children – be warned though there is running water, so pack spare clothes (or bathers) for your little ones if they can’t say no to an opportunity to splash about.
Where: near the main entrance to the Gardens in the Observatory Precinct, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra
When: 10am – Sunset: Wednesday to Sunday during school term, every day during Victorian State School holidays and public holidays
Closed: for eight weeks for rest and maintenance over winter, usually mid July to mid September, click here for details.
Little children love love love the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden in the Botanical Gardens – there are spaces to explore, paths to follow, forests to run through, natural objects (and a viewing platform) to climb, a stream and fountain to play in, a digging patch in the veggie garden and more.
There is open water in the gardens so it’s strongly advised you supervise children at all times while visiting.
It seems that rules surrounding picnicking have been relaxed in recent years – but it is still a dog, glass, alcohol and smoke free zone.
Be warned on a warm day the Children’s Garden in the Botanical Gardens is a very popular spot to visit! The streams run every day from 10am – 4pm.
Outside the gate, and 30 seconds up the path, is the nearest public toilet – which is located next to cafe Jardin Tan. If you’re looking for other eating options then head to Domain Road, South Yarra (about 10 minute walk away), the strip of cafes and eateries here includes some Melbourne gems.
For more information about what’s on at the Botanical Gardens click here.