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Punting on the Lake

30 Minute Private Boat Tour

Help code: 18D0-3793

  • Unique water level views of Melbourne’s incredible Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Bring your furry friend on this dog friendly adventure
  • Private tours provide an intimate feel
  • Cruise around the serene island of the Ornamental Lake
  • Settle back in a picturesque classic wooden punt
  • Friendly and informative guides
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Go punting on the lake in the heart of Melbourne city during a 30 minute guided tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sit back and soak in the peaceful ambience and lush views as you gently cruise along the lake in a wooden punt. Led by a professional punter, listen to fascinating commentary about Melbourne's history and native wildlife as you take in the sights and islands of the Ornamental Lake in the gardens.

Guided punting tours are available from September to May running to a scheduled timetable between 10.30am and 5pm.


  • This experience is seasonal and is available September to May


  • 30 minute private boat tour
  • Friendly and informative guide
  • Paper parasol for the duration of the tour
  • Unique photo opportunities


  • Food and beverages
  • Transfers to and from accommodation


  • Enjoy a smooth ride in an elegant wooden punt
  • Unique water level views of the picturesque Ornamental Lake
  • Your friendly guide will deliver commentary about the history of the area and local wildlife
  • Perfect for that intimate tour feel as punts are not shared with other groups
  • Serene views of Melbourne’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens, one of the world’s finest gardens
  • Ideal experience for a romantic day out, or a special occasion
  • Bring your four legged companion along for this fantastic dog friendly adventure


  • Tours depart at 11am, 11:40am, 2:40pm & 4:05pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays


  • 30 minutes

Departure Location

  • Tours depart the landing in front of the Terrace Cafe, 200m from Royal Botanic Gardens, Gate A, Corner Alexandra Ave and Anderson St, 3004, Melbourne Victoria

Additional Information

  • All booking must have a minimum of 2 participants and can have a maximum of 8
  • The operator will provide warm blankets for cold days or waterproof blankets and umbrellas on rainy days
  • Guests are welcome to bring a picnic, food or beverages on the boat, the operator is able to provide a small table on the punt
  • Tours are private and boats will not be shared with other bookings
  • Tours will still continue in light wet weather as water proof blankets and umbrellas are available
  • Pets must be well behaved and calm throughout the duration of the experience, all pets must be on a lead when in the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • The operator is able to provide parasols for the duration of your experience
  • All passengers must comply with the safety regulations. If passengers or their child/ren or dog/s in their care fail to do so passengers will be required to leave the tour or the tour will be terminated
  • Children under 12 years of age must wear a lifejacket, which will be provided by the operator for the duration of the tour
  • Smoking is not permitted on the landing or in the boats
  • If passengers arrive later than the specified check-in time for your tour, your tour duration may be shortened or you may forfeit your tour at the discretion of the operator. In this case no refunds will be given

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
This a unique way to see the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. Remember to pack your camera and a picnic too
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