Billabong Falls once home to International award winning landscape designer Phillip Johnson is now open as a luxurious bed and breakfast in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. Stay amongst the majestic Mountain Ash and lush natural bushland in the stunning Yarra Valley. Escape to peace, quiet and reconnect with nature, listen to tumbling waterfalls, swim in the natural billabong or just sit and drink in the surrounds and expansive views.
At 14 hectares the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are easily viewed over the course of a relaxed day. If your time is limited, you can tailor your walk to encompass your personal interests. For instance, if you want to take in the Garden’s most significant cultural heritage landscapes and major iconic trees the walks above the Lily Pond would be rewarding and could be coupled with a visit to the Gatekeeper’s Cottage and the Gardens’ heritage walls, the Arthur and Eardley-Wilmot Walls. If you want to learn about Tasmanian plants, walk through and discover the Tasmanian Collection then visit the Greater Hobart Garden to look at our local flora. You should also add the Subantarctic Plant House to experience the closely related flora of wind blown Macquarie Island.
Situated within Gadigal land along the shores of Sydney Harbour, the Garden features an outstanding horticultural collection from all over the world, is Australia’s longest continuously operating scientific institution, and one of the nation’s premier tourist attractions.
Kings Park is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks. It is rich in Aboriginal and European history, contemporary culture and offers innovative design, displays and services. Kings Park has an international reputation for scientific research, leading horticulture, conservation and public education. Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity.
Nestled in the foothills of Black Mountain, the Australian National Botanic Gardens is the perfect retreat from the rush of city life. Come to the Gardens, breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds and watch the trees sway with the breeze. Take a stroll beneath the canopy of the Rainforest Gully, enjoy a coffee or a massage, and leave feeling rejuvenated. With over 4,500 species on display, the Gardens is the only place where you can see the true variety of native Australian plants in one location.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne has been a treasured part of Melbourne’s cultural life for more than 170 years – much loved by generations of Victorians, as well as by many visitors from interstate and overseas. It is a picturesque haven for recreation and an important resource for education, conservation, science and horticulture. Melbourne Gardens extends over 38 hectares and houses a collection of more than 8,500 species of plants from around the world, including amazing and diverse plant collections such as camellias, rainforest flora, cacti and succulents, roses, Californian species, herbs, perennials, cycads, plants from Southern China and, in the Rare and Threatened Species Collection, plants from south-eastern Australia.
In the heart of the city but another world away … Take time out to explore the beauty and diversity of plants from across Australia and around the world. Spend an hour or spend the day among the 50 hectares of magnificently maintained gardens and stunning architecture. Relax in the shade or enjoy a coffee…