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Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Images of Nature and Wildlife along the Wild Bushland Trails and in the formal Australian Garden

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne specialises in native species and has two distinctly different parts: the wild bushland trails and the formal Australian Garden  – providing, contrasting environments for nature and wildlife photography.

Wild Bushland

The wild bushland at Cranbourne features natural grassland, heathland, wetlands and woodland areas. For a relatively easy circular 4.4 Km bush walk start at the car park and follow Trig Track through heathland to Trig Point Lookout and Perched Swamp. Then take a right onto Lake Track 1 through grassy woodland to the wetlands, then another right onto Wylies Creek track through grassland to the Woodlands Picnic Area.

Wildlife images: Jacky dragon lizard (Amphibolurus muricatus) near Trig Point lookout and a couple of red-necked wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), one in the grassy woodland and another in the grassland near Elisabeth Murdoch Pavilion.

The Australian Garden

The Australian Garden features many native species arranged in themed collections such as the arid inland landscape of the Red Sand Garden and watering cans in the Water Saving Garden.

The garden attracts wildlife and is a haven for native birds. The grass trees (Xanthorrhoea australis) are a magnet for honeyeaters and bees alike. Three spices of honeyeater feature: the common New Holland honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) and the rarer male scarlet or crimson honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta) together with a red wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata). The little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) is a medium to large honeyeater and as with other honeyeaters, they feed on nectar, obtained using a long brush-tipped tongue, specially adapted to probe deep into flowers. Other food includes insects, flowers, berries and some seeds.

Birds in the Australian Garden

Flowers in the Australian Garden

Images of the Red Sand Garden and watering cans in the Water Saving Garden together with a few of Australia's native flowers: Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelasa), narrow-leaved drumsticks (Isopogon anethifolius), Eucalyptus Caesia, native frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum), waratah flower (Telopea speciosissima x oreades) and (Telopea mongaensis x speciosissima).

Snakes share these paths, a timely reminder, bushwalk, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Bushland to the south of Trig Point Lookout, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Jacky Dragon Lizard (Amphibolurus muricatus), Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Australian garden to the north of Trig Point Lookout, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Perched Swamp, Trig Track bushland walk, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne red-necked or bush wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Black-eyed Susan (rudbeckia fulgida), Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne red-necked or bush wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Male Scarlet or Crimson Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta), on grass-tree, Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Pair of New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) feeding on Grevillea Sylvia flower nectar, Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) in-flight and about to land on a grass-tree, Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) on grass-tree, Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata), Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) feeding on grass-tree nectar, Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) watching a bee, Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Male Scarlet or Crimson Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta), in flight, Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) on  grass-tree nectar about to catch a bee, Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) feeding on grass-tree nectar, Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Red Sand Garden in the Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Unidentified Purple Flower, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Native Frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum), Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Watering Cans in the Water Saving Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne White Mallee (Eucalyptus) Flowers in the Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Waratah flower (Telopea mongaensis x speciosissima) in the Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Narrow-leaved Drumsticks (Isopogon anethifolius), Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Gymea Lily (Doryanthes excelasa), Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Waratah flower variety bridal gown (Telopea speciosissima x oreades) in the Australian Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne Eucalyptus Caesia, Royal Botanical Gardens Cranbourne