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Punting Picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Shop local for a picnic, then feast on board a human powered boat in Melbourne's city oasis.

5/5 Stars Based on 58+ Reviews

Departs Daily
Start Time: 11am
Starting Point: See Below
Languages: English

Half of the proceeds from this tour go to the Port Phillip Eco Centre

Quick Look

  • Visit local, sustainable food stores to shop for a uniquely Victorian picnic
  • Your guide will recommend great, in-season items for your perfect picnic…
  • …to consume inside one of Melbourne’s urban gardens
  • Contribute to keeping the river clean — a portion of proceeds go to the Port Phillip Eco Centre, who help keep the Yarra clean
  • Sample locally-sourced foods
  • Learn about the sustainability measures hiding within the city

Punting Picnic Tour Overview

Have an al fresco dining experience on board a boat in the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens. This tour will take you from market to table, starting with a guided shopping experience at local, sustainable food stores. Pop by the Shrine of Remembrance on your way to your picnic before being led to a human-powered boat, where you’ll enjoy your picnic.

Melbourne Eco Adventure Tour Full Description

After meeting your guide (look for the blue umbrella!) and group at the Gordon Reserve, take a journey through millions of years of Melbourne’s history. Your guide will share with you the origin story of this place, before leading you to locally-sourced, sustainable food stores. 

Your guide will next take you on a guided shopping trip recommending some of the best options for an al fresco picnic. Once you’re stocked up, you’ll make our way to a beautiful urban garden.

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Learn about Melbourne’s sustainability projects

Shop at sustainable, local food stores

Make the perfect picnic with help from your guide

What To Bring on Your Boating Picnic Eco Tour

  • Warm/Weather Appropriate Clothing: Melbourne is the city of four seasons in one day, after all, so it’s important at all times of year to have a jacket if it suddenly falls cold (which is almost a guarantee for 3pm tours outside of summer!). In any case, make sure to check the forecast for the full day’s weather and bring clothing accordingly.
  • Your Camera: If you’d like to take photos and make memories all over our amazing city – which we highly recommend!
  • Water – It would be a good idea to bring a water bottle with you on the tour, especially on warmer days. There will be a place to fill it up near our start point, too.
  • Comfortable Shoes/Clothing: It’s called a walking tour for a reason! Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and shoes, in preparation to be on your feet for a few hours as we weave our way through the city and parks.
  • Sun Protection: Our Australian sun is VERY strong, and walking around the city for 2-3 hours will definitely expose you to some sun. We recommend putting on sunscreen and bringing sunglasses and a hat to stay protected and comfortable.
  • Money: Markets vendors take cash or card — get as much or little as you like

Starting Point

Your tour begins at Gordon Reserve (74-108 Spring St) – this is a park with a fountain and is located between the Parliament and Old Treasury Buildings.


Melbourne Eco-Adventure Urban Wilderness Tour FAQs

Where will the Foodie Tour finish?

The tour ends with a serene boat ride at the Royal Botanic Gardens

What does the tour include?

The tour includes 3 hours with a guide exploring Melbourne’s urban wilderness and learning what it takes to maintain it, light food samples from the markets, and a punt boat ride on the lake.

Can I bring my kids?

Of course – we encourage it! They will however need to wear a life jacket on the boat ride for safety.

What food is included?

Your guide will choose a selection of indicative foods at the market to sample — if you would like heartier portions or additional food, you’re welcome to purchase food at the markets at your expense.

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