Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

By Chris Phutully from Australia - 2013 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Melbourne to witness blooming gardens, colourful trails and beautiful flowering plants at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show; hosted at the UNESCO World Heritage listed Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition buildings.

The venue bursts with an explosion of colour as native plant species, seasonal flowering plants and exotics bloom. The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is the largest garden show in Australia.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2017 Dates

Top floral and landscape designers from all over the country come to participate in this show. You’ll witness stunning displays, excellent flower arrangements and an extensive variety of native and exotic flowers on display.

The show also features many stalls offering a variety of garden products, gardening tools and outdoor furniture. You’ll also find many rare and exotic plant species, retail products and innovative flower arrangements at the flower and garden show.

Whether you want some handy tips for maintaining your garden or just a day out to enjoy nature at its finest, this event is perfect for you. You will also find a range of floral design workshops and award winning displays as well as an array of great food and entertainment offered to visitors throughout the day.

The venue can be easily accessed by public transport and is not far from the Melbourne CBD, so you can also drive to the venue and use their onsite parking. Get to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton via tram #86 or #96 and alight at the corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets. Alternatively, you can catch the free City Circle tram to Victoria Parade or take the city loop train and alight at Parliament Station with a short 10 minute walk to the venue.

If you pre-purchase your tickets, they are valid for any one day of the show. Companion cards are accepted and pets are not permitted.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show Information

Royal Exhibition Building
Carlton Gardens South,
9 Nicholson St
Carlton, VIC
  Event Dates:
29 March - 2 April 2017
  Event Times:
9am - 5pm

Gardens by Twilight
Friday 31st: 9am - 9.30pm
Phone: (03) 9864 1111
Email: [email protected]
 Ticket Prices/Admission:
Adult: $27
Concession: $23
Child (6-16): $10
Child (0-5): Free
Family (2Ad + 2Ch): $60

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    • Hi Margaret,

      The show itself no longer hires out wheelchairs, however visitors may hire mobility and access equipment from Travellers Aid at both Flinders Street and Southern Cross Stations.

      You need to pre-book the wheelchairs and you can do so by calling (03) 9654 2600.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Margaret,

      Yes, the show is open to the public on all 5 days. Our page will be updated with more information as it comes to hand in early 2017.

      Have a great time at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show!

      Best regards,

  • I would like to come down from Queensland for the Flower Show in March/ April. Do I need to have tickets before I get there or can I purchase on the day?


  • I wrote back in July about when tickets for 2017 flower show would be for sale. Please advise me when they will be for sale and where I can purchase them. Thank you.

  • When will the tickets for 2017 be available for purchase please? Also, when you buy a ticket on a particular day, is it valid for the whole day 9 to 5. Thank you.

    • Hello Elizabeth,

      There is no information currently available as to when tickets will go on sale.

      In previous years, your ticket has been valid for the full day. I anticipate that 2017 will be the same.

      Check back with us as I will update our page once tickets go on sale.


  • Hi. We may be jumping the gun, booking 2017 Garden Exhibition early but we need to be staying with in walking distance from the venue. Can you suggest an area where we could look or a motel close by with good public transport. Cheers, Rosilyn

    • Hi Rossilyn, thanks for contacting us.

      I have have included links to a few places which are within walking distance of the event:
      1. Quality Hotel Downtowner on Lygon
      2. Quest Carlton on Finlay
      3. Carlton Clocktower Apartments
      4. Quest Royal Gardens Serviced Apartments

      Carlton is a great place to stay as it has the beautiful Lygon Street which has heaps of Italian restaurants and other international cuisine on offer. There are also retail stores and some nice parklands, whilst only being a short 10 minute tram ride into the CBD.

      I also note that The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton is only a short tram ride from the Melbourne CBD, so you could pick anywhere on the north side of Melbourne that suits your budget. I have attached a link to a list of Melbourne CBD hotels/motels/apartments here.

      FYI: To get to the event on public transport from the Melbourne CBD, you could use the following options: Tram #86 or #96 goes to the corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets. There is also a free City Circle Tram to Victoria Parade which is then just a short walk to the event. You can also hop on one of the Visitor Shuttles and get of at Stop #5.

      I hope you can find something suitable and enjoy your trip to Melbourne!

      Best regards,

  • Hi, I would like to know the dates for 2017 Melbourne International Garden and Flower Show when they become available. Thanks Sally