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Cranbourne Gardens Close Due To COVID 19 Stage 4 Restrictions

Cranbourne gardens close due to COVID 19 Stage 4 restrictions

Friends of the Cranbourne gardens are advised that visitor entry to the gardens is no longer possible during the latest response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

We trust you will stay safe and well, observing the restrictions while our community battles to suppress this virus. We reprint Professor Tim Entwisle’s letter below and echo his sentiments. We will all delight in being able to visit our wonderful Botanic gardens and the wide world once we can venture out safely.

We will keep you updated with news and items of interest through our Quicklink and Naturelink publications.


Dear Gardens Supporter,

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has again made the difficult decision to close Melbourne Gardens and Cranbourne Gardens to all visitors, from 11.59pm Wednesday 5th August. Both Gardens will remain closed until further notice, opening as soon as it is safe and reasonable to do so.

While the physical gates will be closed to the public, in line with government guidelines we will have a very limited number of staff working on-site for the maintenance and protection of our landscapes and collections, and for critical scientific activity.

Engage with the Gardens from home

I know the Gardens play an important role in the wellbeing of all visitors, not the least offering a safe place to connect with nature and enjoy time with friends and family. This has been particularly true for our local residents over the last few weeks.

During this unusual time, we will continue to develop new ways to engage with our beautiful and healing Gardens digitally. Through this I hope you can experience at least some of those benefits from afar.

To discover new ways to stay connected with the Gardens, please visit our Virtual Garden for regular updates and to access activities.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available and if you have any questions, please get in touch with us via

We also encourage you to stay connected with our Gardens via TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

As always, we look forward to seeing you again soon, when we can together support thriving communities and a flourishing planet.

In the meantime, keep safe.

Professor Tim Entwisle
Chief Executive and Director
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 

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