If you feel like an adventure and want to discover a long hidden secret without putting in excruciating efforts, you should come to Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens. By Anna Hager They’ve just re-opened Guilfoyle’s Volcano, a historic feature of the RBG Melbourne landscape that had been hidden away from the public for more than hundred years.

The amazing water reservoir was built in 1876 at the highest point, so it could provide gravity-fed irrigation to the remainder of the gardens.

The crater-like construction was built from basalt rocks and bluestone and designed to resemble a volcano. Surrounded by rocky outcrops and mounded garden beds it looks like lava is flowing from the striking feature into the grounds below.

Guilfoyle’s Voclano was the RBG’s main water supply for about 70 years before it fell into disrepair and was hidden away behind thick vegetation and fences for more than a century.

The crater-like construction was built from basalt rocks and bluestone and designed to resemble a volcano. Surrounded by rocky outcrops and mounded garden beds it looks like lava is flowing from the striking feature into the grounds below.

The re-opening of this special spot means that visitors not only get to experience the significance of this historic water reservoir, but also have the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of the city and learn more about water conservation principles and sustainable gardening.

There are a number of boardwalks and viewing platforms from which you’ll have the opportunity to explore this remarkable water feature. You are in for a treat as you’ll see floating gardens, acting as natural water treatment systems and flowers erupting from the edges of the ‘volcano’.

If you’re really quick you can still enjoy some of the Guilefoyle’s Volcano opening celebrations. Just contact the RBG Melbourne or visit their website on www.rbg.vic.gov.au.

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Details// Guilfoyle’s Volcano
Where// RBG Melbourne, enter via C gate, Anderson Street, South Yarra
When// Now
Contact // 03 9252 2429; www.rbg.vic.gov.au