The Royal Botanical Gardens' behind-the-scenes tour.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are deeply rooted into the hearts of every Melburnian. A peaceful oasis within the watchful eye of the CBD. Although something you may not be aware of, is the amount of scientific discoveries that continue to be uncovered within our much loved urban "jungle."
We recently found out more by participating on a short guided tour, offered daily at 1:30pm (bookings essential).
We started our tour venturing into the observation building. Inside we were able to view a telescope that has been taking measurements of Venus crossing the sun for over 150 years and still continues to do so to this day. How cool is that.
After a short guided walk through the Children's Garden, we arrived at the National Herbarium of Victoria. The tour includes special entry into the Herbarium where over 1.5 million species of plant have been recorded, documented and stored.
A team of volunteers are continuing to document the new species of Australian plants and trees which continue to be discovered. Every single sample is digitaly noted and placed onto a global virtual library for the whole world to search and view.
Though this tour is extremely interesting and informative, the level of detail maybe a little difficult for younger children to grasp. KidTown Melbourne would recommend this tour suitable for older children aged 8 plus. Children with an interest in learning more about the heritage of the beautiful trees and plants that are Melbourne's botanical gardens. Tours are 1.5hrs.
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens. Meet at the Visitor Centre
When: 1.30pm Daily. Bookings are essential
Costs: $18 Adult, $15 Child, Concession & Friends member