Melbourne is undeniably stunning year-round, but spring adds an extra layer of enchantment with its vibrant blooms and revitalised landscapes. From the iconic Royal Botanic Gardens to the Fitzroy Gardens and the vibrant Tesselaar Tulip Festival, there are plenty of places to stop and smell the cherry blossoms, so to speak.
Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photography buff, or simply looking to add some colour to your day, these flower-filled destinations deliver just that and more.
Where to See Spring Flowers in Melbourne
Every major city has one, a royal botanic garden. The one in Melbourne is no different. It’s one of the most treasured gardens at the edge of the city. Spend a day following paths down to lakes and blossom beds. There are over 10,000 plant species to discover.
Love tulips? You’ve come to the right place. Fitzroy Gardens is known for them and many other popular spring flowers too. Every year, around two million people flock to the gardens for a chance to bask in the sun and explore the landscape of fountains, flower beds, open pastures, and sculptures.
Venture to the northeast edge of the city to find a 19th-century garden, where the famous Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is held every year and has been so since 1995. The Melbourne Museum’s architecture makes for a stunning backdrop.
Where to See Spring Flowers Outside Melbourne
Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden
With views over the Yarra Valley, winding paths to get lost on, and open, sprawling lawns to claim, the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden is worth the drive. The gardens are painted with the colours of 15,000 rhododendrons, 12,000 azaleas, 3,000 camellias and 250,000 daffodils in spring.
If you’re a fan of English gardens, Werribee Park is as close as you will get to a Bridgerton experience, at least in Melbourne. The meticulously manicured rose gardens stand out against the massive sandstone buildings in the far distance. Meander through the paths on a sunny day, and you’ll think you’re in England.
Where to See Canola Fields in VIC
Melton South and Moorabool
If you drive 30 minutes outside of Melbourne and stick to the west, you’re bound to come by canola fields. They blanket the entire countryside.
This tiny town in the Goulburn Valley is famous for having the largest canola fields in Victoria. If you want to turn it into a weekend trip, explore the towns of Shepparton and Benalla. There are plenty of cafes, homemade pies, and shopping to be done.
Every year during Spring, people flock to the Cornella Canola Walk, a dedicated canola tourism experience, where visitors can walk along a track that puts them right in the sea of yellow. You can even fly your drone over it if you want. Admire the fields from a viewing platform or pop into the cellar door for a tasting with a view.
Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Melbourne
Victoria’s largest annual cherry blossom festival is held at CherryHill Orchards in the Yarra Valley. Stroll through 35 hectares of blossoming cherry trees, or if you want something more private, book a posh picnic and sample local produce under the pretty pink trees.
Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens
Apart from azaleas and camellias, this botanic garden is home to rows of cherry blossoms that make for a spectacular backdrop for your photos.
Blue Hills, Silvan
Venture outside Melbourne to Blue Hills Berries and Cherries, a farm open to visitors. Every year, they hold a cherry blossom show and invite visitors to wander through the endless rows or pick a picnic spot. They even have themes and face painting for kids.
Where to See Jacaranda Trees in Melbourne
University of Melbourne
You don’t have to be a student to appreciate the purple jacaranda trees at the University of Melbourne. Set against a backdrop of Victorian-style buildings, it’s a true fairytale scene.
Stroll to the north of Melbourne, and you will come across Edinburgh Gardens. Here, you’ll find locals picnicking under a sky of purple jacarandas when the weather is balmy.
It’s a little-known secret Parkville has the best Jacaranda trees. Wander around Royal Parade and Royal Park to decide for yourself.
Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne
Of course, this garden has Jacarandas. Every Royal Botanical Gardens in Australia has them, including Sydney.