Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Botanical Gardens Cranbourne

These amazing gardens have been established to showcase Australia's native bushland and include 363 hectares of untouched heathlands, wetlands and woodlands.

Established on the ancestral home of the Boonerwurrung people the gardens are an hour's drive from Melbourne. The ancient wetlands used by the Boonerwurrung still exist within the Cranbourne Gardens and some areas are rich in indigenous plant foods.  Birds and animal life are also in abundance drawn to the area by the water.

The Gardens includes a number of areas including the red sand garden which reminds me of some of my favourite areas in Outback Australia. Just love the red of the dirt against the blue of the sky!

An area called the Dry River bed illustrates the power of water in shaping the landscape and river beds.

The Rockpool Waterway provides a great spot to sit and rest whilst you watch the water cascade down the sloping area to a small waterfall. 

Children also enjoy the Rockpool

Other areas include the Eucalyptus Walk, water saving gardens and drought tolerant plantings.

There are a number of walking tracks around the gardens and also a bike trail. With a cafe, shop and playground the gardens appeal to people of all ages.

Gardens through the ages

The recently opened second stage includes The Ian Potter Lakeside Precinct, Weird & Wonderful Garden and River Walk and is as stunning as stage 1.  A second cafe is also located within the new precinct. 

River Walk

Creating your own relaxation hub 

Ian Potter Lake

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