A trip to south west London should be on the agenda in the next few weeks for those want to experience the nature of Australia. The Australian Garden presented by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, will be displaying unique and endangered plant species native to Australia at the Chelsea Flower Show (24-28 May)
However, for those garden lovers venturing further afield to Australia itself, there is a great chance to see what inspired this exhibit. The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is one of Victoria's most precious areas of native bushland. It offers nature-lovers the chance to explore 363 hectares of untouched heathlands, wetlands and woodlands. These expansive natural gardens are also home to thriving bird and animal life, including several rare endangered species.
In fact, Victoria is renowned for the hundreds of parks and gardens around Melbourne and throughout the state:
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Make the most of this inner-city treasure, home to over 12,000 different species of plants and a sanctuary for native wildlife.
Visit the Scarred Tree, an ancient relic of the Wurundjeri people, the original inhabitants of Melbourne. Get a glimpse of Victoria's colonial history at Cook's Cottage, which was transported from the Yorkshire village where Captain James Cook, one of the first Europeans to chart Australia's coast, was born.
Experience Australia's foremost example of classical garden design, exemplifying the Victorian ideals of order, grace and symmetry
Discover these serene parklands that house two moving memorials – The Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden and the Shrine of Remembrance
Enjoy ornamental gardens with palms and shrub borders then hire a bike or have a barbecue on the banks of the Yarra River.