Royal Botanic Gardens
Room with a view
From Cremorne, you might just about see the trees in the magnificent Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens.
Cross the Yarra River and you can follow the trails right to the heart of Melbourne’s inner-city park. Lawns, vistas, glorious green hideaways and, if you’re into the naming of things, more than 10,000 different plants to enjoy.
The gardens are extensive, but they are superbly laid out, so it’s ideal for a quick visit or for a longer stroll, for those with the time and inclination.
For an Australian planted park, this one has a long history. It was established in 1846 (the city of Melbourne itself was founded in 1835). It had a couple of directors before the influential Ferdinand von Mueller took it on in 1857, and it’s his grand plans that made it such a botanical showcase, including the edict that the plantings should be a kind of guidebook to what was useful for the state.
It was the next director who made it into a place of beauty. William Guilfoyle shaped the gardens into a pleasure space, with views and rockeries, lakes and picturesque walks.
There’s a children’s garden and a wetlands, and you can go punting on the ornamental lake, if that takes your fancy.
There’s also a very fine tea rooms, The Terrace, overlooking the lake, which serves a bistro menu in the morning through to lunch.
For short or long stay residents at 381 Cremorne, this green oasis is almost your backyard. You can stroll across the wide open spaces of Gosch’s Paddock from Punt Road, and drop in to the Botanic Gardens at the north-east corner, skirting AAMI Park football stadium on your way.
Just one more very good reason why the Cremorne corner of Richmond is now THE address for a Melbourne stay.