Some Melburnians can once again stroll around the botanic gardens and have a picnic.
First, they were open, then they were closed; then they were open again, and then they were closed.
And now, both the Melbourne and Cranbourne botanic gardens will be reopening again and we’re itching to get down there for a bit of a walk, to lounge on the lawns when the sun comes out, or a quick pop into the tropical glasshouse if it is still raining. (Featured image: Photo by Thomas Bassett on Unsplash)
The Melbourne Gardens will be the first to open on Saturday, September 26, and will operate daily from 7:30am to 5pm. However, the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, The Terrace Cafe, Gardens Shop, drinking fountains will remain closed for the time being and certain areas of the gardens will have numbers controlled so as to protect the health and safety of all the visitors. Running within the gardens is still a no-no.
Since we’re still dealing with the 5km restriction to movement, not everybody is going to be able to rejoice with the news of the gardens reopening. To find out if you’re within the 5km radius, use the Overlap Finder website. The Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens are on Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra.
The Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, home to the Australia Garden, which is one of our state’s most beautiful gardens and a must-visit, will reopen on Monday, September 28. Similarly to the city, areas like the café, BBQs, Gardens Shop, and drinking fountains will be closed for the time being. But like most things in Cranbourne, if you don’t actually live out there, then you’re probably too far to travel (right now) for a visit. Even still, the Cranbourne Gardens are worth it.
For more information, visit the Royal Botanic Gardens website.