The statue of Hercules is one of the two classical sculptures at the Royal Botanic Garden's Main Entrance. Both statues were unveiled in 1928 with an unknown artist. Both busts are of marble. Fortunately this bust has weathered the elements better than its counterpart the Statue of Apollo and is in pretty good condition.
The statue of Apollo is one of the two classical sculptures at the Royal Botanic Garden's MAin Entrance. Both statues were unveiled in 1928 with an unknown artist. Both busts are of marble but this bust of Apollo is in a bad state of wear. The decay of the sculpture is probably due to the weather and time. It could definitely use some restoration.
The Genie is a happy looking piece of sculpture in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The sculpture is bronze and was sculpted by Tom Bass in 1973 according to the plaque. The sculpture is of a winged sphinx. My wife and I enjoyed posing with the sculpture before some school children began to climb it.
The Queen Victoria Memorial is located inside the Royal Botanic Gardens. There are magnificent gardens surrounding the memorial with an abundance of rose varieties. The actual memorial is a granite and marble structure depicting five aspects of the Queen through her life stages. My wife and I spent some time in this area admiring the sculpture and enjoying the beautiful roses.
The botanic gardens was well worth a visit and contained some lovely trees and flowers. The domain with its Shrine of Remembrance was interesting, too. The Shrine of Remembrance commemorates Australia's World War I war dead.
The Royal Botanic Gardens was a highlight during our 2012 trip to Melbourne. The Gardens are located rigt in the center of the city, along the south bank of the Yarra River.
We began our exploration in the morning to avoid the peak noontime heat. The garden is comprised of so many types of trees, flowers and plants. We enjoyed stopping along and reading the plaques to see what type of tree or plant we were observing. In the gardens are also many different types of statuary, sculptures, and ponds. We encountered several interesting sculptures and statues ranging from the classical to the avant garde.
I would have to say our favorite thing was the Queen Victoria's Gardens. Here we found many beautiful roses in a array of colors. My wife and i spent some time "stopping to smell the roses" and explore the area. There is a nice monument to Queen Victoria showing her in different stages of life as well as a clock made out of flowers.
I found this to be a very relaxing activity and so enjoyed our walk along the Yarra River.
My wife and I came upon the Queen Victoria Garden during our exploration of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Queen Victoria Gardens are a section in the Royal Botanic Gardens(not too far from the river) dedicated to Queen Victoria.
In this section of the garden are some beautiful flower beds with a variety of roses in a multitude of colors. My wife and I enjoyed exploring this area in particular and "stopping to smell the roses"; which were in full bloom.
Every major Aussie city has a Botanical Garden and the one in Melbourne is no less spectacular.
Occupying a vast piece of land at the Southeast corner of the city, this is one place you should venture into to enjoy some city serenity. Founded in 1846, the Gardens occupied more than 36 hectares of land and displays more than 52000 individual plants. There are lakes and lovely pathways, made for good wholesome family fun. When I was there, the Gardens were occupied with Melbournians enjoying picnics or a lazy day under the sun.
The Gardens open daily, closes at 5.30pm in Autumn/Winter and at 8.30pm Spring/Summer.
Come during Autumn and there is an Autumn Discovery Walk, held free. (11am & 2pm daily except Mons, Good Friday and Anzac Day)
At the gate of the Gardens, you will also find the Old Melbourne Observatory. There is a Monday night program called the 'Southern Night Sky Experience' and a program focused on the moon, called 'Lunar Tours'. Special tours, like the "Saturn Returns" tours are also held.
Also nearby is the Shrine of Remembrance, built in remembrance of those who served and those who died in the Great War of 1914-1918 and armed conflicts and peacekeeping duties since. It is meant to be a permanent and lasting memorial to the ANZAC spirit. Walk through the outer galleries of medals to see the number of campaigns Australia was involved in. Both the Crypt and The Sanctuary contain memorials dedicated to the spirit of national kinship. For a Singaporean, I was both surprised and moved to see the "Changi Flag", a British Union Jack that was kept by Allied POWs interned at Changi Prison Camp and contained the signatures of 91 Australians.
Lastly, don't forget to make your way to the Balcony for great views of the Melbourne bay areas.
Grab a picnic rug and head to the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne for Australia's leading outdoor cinema experience. Featuring the best in new release film and classic cinema, the Moccona Moonlight Cinema season runs until 06 Mar 2004.
Adult $14.50. Concession $11.50. Pensioner / Child (under 13) $10.00.
Tickets can be booked through Ticketek 132 849, Ticketek online or purchased at the gate from 7.00pm. Service fees apply to pre-booked tickets.
A huge area of parkland on the edge of the CBD that includes the Botanic Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance, Alexandra Gardens, Governor's House etc. It may not have the location of Sydney's Botanic Gardens, but nevertheless this is the heart and lungs of Melbourne.
It's a wonderful area that mixes formal gardens with bushland landscapes teeming with birdlife - and you may well bump into groups such as Hare Krishna, community dance groups, tai chi and yoga exponents taking advantage of the wide open spaces. And many a picnicker too...
There are several options when it comes to walks, the one I took takes you past the lookout and the swamp before circling back past the dam.
To be perfectly honest, the panorama from the lookout tower was fairly ordinary. I believe it needs to be about 5 metres taller before it becomes really interesting.
Strolling along the well made tracks I was fortunate enough to encounter an echidna who lurched out of the scrub and made strides towards me (pic 2) before turning into the bush again. They're almost blind so you don't have to worry about them seeing you but they are very sensitive to noise and ground tremor.
The wildflowers, predominantly white, border the tracks in spring (pic 4) and I also managed to snap a butterfly (pic 3).
There's also a picnic spot you can either walk or drive to if you want to spend more time here.
The last picture is of the children's playground area and shows how much imagination has been vested in this area.
As you cross the Princes Bridge the first two parks you run into are Alexander and Queen Victoria, the Royal Botanical Gardens are at the other end of the park following St. Kilda Road.
Authority: State Government of Victoria (Royal Botanic Garden, Melbourne Board)
Area: 38.9 ha
Location: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra
Entry Fees: None
Open: Mon to Sun 1 Nov to 30 Apr 7.30 am to 8.30 pm. 1 May to 30 Oct 7.30 am to 5.30 pm
Number of Paid Staff: >100
Number of Volunteers: >100
Planting Records: computer
% of Plants Labelled: 30%
% Native Aust Plants: 10%
There's a huge garden on one side of the Yarra but, it's actually a number of interlinked gardens; the Queen Victoria Gardens, the Alexandra Gardens (nearest the Yarra), the King's Domain and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Steeped in the tradition of the classic English park, this expanse of cultured plant life is one of Melbourne's most famous attractions and who am I to dispute its drawing power.
Set adjacent to the Yarra on the other side to the CBD it offers a respite from the throb of city life and a variety of plant life unmatched in Australia.
There are many sidelights to the gardens such as the Governor's residence, the Children's Garden, cafes, splendid sculptures and such but overall its emphasis on greenery is never lost.
Could there be a lovelier way to spend an afternoon in Melbourne than here? The Royal Botanic Garden is a true marvel - breathtakingly beautiful, even in wnter - around every bend you keep saying "Oh, oh, oh, look!"
Do NOT miss the gardens, whenever you visit.
Brilliant designs that seem so natural. A stroll can spirit away all the stress of your day - or deepen the sweet pangs of romance.
And bellbirds! You'll get to hear bellbirds!
A late afternoon Devonshire Tea at the cafe by the lake is the perfect way to end the day.
For more photos of these truly lovely Gardens, take a look at my travelogue:
Royal Botanic Gardens
These gardens are amongst Melbournes star attractions. Acres of beautiful landscaped grounds full of exotic vegetation set amid numerous ponds and walkways. There are also greenhouses where one can see both native and foreign plants.