Another quick trip to the beach and a lone trip back, provided another opportunity to visit another place on my Melbourne to do list (sorry, I don't really have one!), the Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne.
There are several parts to the gardens and I wanted to visit the formal 'gardens' that look spectacular in the pictures I've seen.
From the visitor centre you are immediately struck by the Red Sand garden.
There's alot of water in these gardens, this arid zone is surrounded by them. The sculpture at the front is meant to echo this.
The garden is full of beautiful plants, organised and arranged, as you would expect of a Botanic garden, and there were just enough flowers in bloom to enable quite a few pictures to be taken.
And I always like leaves and bark.
There are alot of structures in this garden and they give the very formal quality to an Australian garden, not usually what you associate with the plants of Australia. It is a little strange, but it is still a young garden, as they grow, the different elements should blend and soften. It is very impressive and there is plenty to explore in this small part of the whole gardens.
I have been here many years ago, before all this was established. A wonderful bush walking track provided a pleasant afternoon, as I remember. That is still there and there are wetlands as well. Definitely worth another day.
PS I saw a gorgeous little bandicoot there!