National Parks / Natural World
Australian Garden Cranbourne Cranbourne
Where is it at?
Australian Garden Cranbourne
1000 Ballarto Road
Tel: 3 5990 2200
Where are we going today?
The Australian Garden is home to a host of children's activities, including The Kids’ Backyard play space with lots to explore including the Hortasaurus; and The Desert Discovery Camp where kids can dig in the sand, explore the fossils and footprints and discover what is hidden in the sands of central Australia. Plus wading in the Rockpool Waterway is permitted between the flags.
There are also several walking trails of varying length, a bike trail, and a designated woodland picnic area. See 170,000 plants representing more than 850 different plant varieties as you travel around.
There are activities, programmes and events throughout the year, often in the school holidays and geared at families, worth checking up on.
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
9am to 5pm daily, excluding Christmas Day.
Kiosk or Boon Wurrung Cafe available offering hot and cold snacks and drinks..
Any Top Tips?
In warm weather, watch out for venomous Copperhead and Tiger Snakes..
Can I get one of those?
The Gardens Shop stocks a wide range of gardening, eco-living and horticulture inspiried products that will delight gardeners of all ages..
What people are saying?
by Melinda Barrett
Great natural landscape with lots of lovely walks and areas for children. Highly recommend for an enjoyable day out. Plenty of parking and no entry fee!
by Lleyton J
The kiosk sells the same food as the cafe, which is rather pointless. It should instead sell hot food, which neither the cafe nor the kiosk does. The park itself is great, lots to walk and see. By the way, if Google tells you to take Grant St and Laurie Cleary Lane, don't go that way. There's a gate blocking access halfway through. Head south on M420 and turn right onto Ballarto Rd instead.
by Alexey Kotlyarov
Much better than the ones in the city. The whole area is nicely landscaped, there are directional signs and _all the plants are signed_. This is a must for someone who can only tell a flower from a tree or a bush... sometimes.
by Denver Perera
Liked it. Nice place to visit. Nice picnic areas...
by Peter Locke
Fantastic. Well worth a visit. Well done to the designers and delivery teams, along with staff at gardens.