Lightscape - Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

14 JUNE - 4 AUGUST 2024


Experience the light, nature and wonder of Lightscape! The immersive Melbourne hit returns to transform the Botanic Gardens after dark with a reimagined trail and brand new installations. Surround yourself with the interactive Submergence as well as the beloved Winter Cathedral and Laser Garden at Fern Gully.

Enjoy delicious food at the welcome zone along with tasty treats at The Terrace Food Hall.

Lightscape promises to be an unmissable spectacle, make it a new tradition with family and friends. There’s no better way to celebrate winter in Melbourne!


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Frequently Asked Questions

How should I dress for this event?

This is an outdoor event, so please come prepared for the elements by wearing appropriate footwear and dressing warmly. Umbrellas are allowed on the trail, but we ask that you are courteous of other patrons when using them.

Is Lightscape an all-weather event? What happens if it’s raining?

Lightscape is an outdoor event and will go ahead in the event of rain or wind, so check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. You will not be able to refund or exchange your tickets if you choose not to attend due to inclement weather.

If the weather presents a hazard and a risk to safety, the Gardens’ decision to cancel the event will be made at 2pm on the day of the event. You will be notified via email of any cancellation and the re-booking process which will include the ability to book on another day or a refund if this is not possible. Please check our website and social media pages for updates.

How long is the trail?

The trail is approximately 2.2 kms around Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

How much time should we allow for this event?

That depends on your pace and how often you stop. However, as a general rule, you should allow about 90 minutes to ensure you have enough time to enjoy the full experience.

Should I arrive in advance of my visit time?

You can grab something to eat and drink before you enter if you wish. Otherwise, it’s best not to arrive more than 15 minutes before the entrance time printed on your ticket. Your entry time is a 15-minute window from the time printed on your ticket.

Last entry onto the trail will be allowed 10 minutes after the final advertised timeslot. The event will close 90 minutes after the final advertised timeslot.

Will there be a cloak room?

No cloaking facilities will be supplied, so please travel light.

Will there by food and drinks available?

Yes, there will be a range of food and drinks on offer at the Welcome Hub located at the entry at Observatory Gate.

The Terrace, approximately half way around the Lightscape trail, will also have a Food Hall with an extensive food and beverage offering.

You can also enhance your Lightscape experience with a delicious meal seated inside the warm surrounds of Jardin Tan, conveniently located at the entrance.

Dinner at Jardin Tan can be pre-purchased through Ticketek with your Lightscape trail tickets by selecting a dining session from the calendar here.

Can I bring food and drink?

No alcoholic drinks can be brought into the event; however, food and beverages will be available for sale on the route.

This is a promenade event, so please do not bring eskies or picnics.

Food and beverages will be available for sale at the Welcome Hub located at the entry and along the Trail. Food and drinks purchased at the Welcome Hub can be brought into Lightscape.

Can I bring a chair?

The experience is designed to be walked through, so no chairs are allowed.

Are there restrooms along the trail?

Yes, there are several areas along the trail that have restrooms for visitors.

Can I take pictures?

Absolutely and we would love you to share them! Be sure to tag #Lightscape, #LightscapeMelbourne, #RoyalBotanicGardensVic, #RGLive and #SonymusicAustralia. For safety reasons no tripods or monopods or drones will be allowed.

Will I be walking on grass?

The entire route can be enjoyed mostly from hard-surfaced pathways.

Can I explore other parts of the gardens during Lightscape?

No, you must remain on the designated Lightscape trail. Whilst you enjoy Lightscape please stay on the paths unless the stewards advise you otherwise. For your safety and to protect the Gardens, please do not walk in the garden beds or on the lawns.

Will the lights affect the animals?

A Fauna Assessment Report has been undertaken by an external ecologist for Lightscape. The recommendations from this report have been incorporated into the planning of the event to minimise any impact on fauna.

Are strollers allowed?

Yes, strollers are allowed.

Are bikes and scooters allowed?

Lightscape is a walking trail, vehicles (whether foot propelled or motorised) are not permitted on trail. This includes but is not limited to bikes, scooters, skateboards, hoverboards, balance bikes and roller skates. Wheelchairs and recognised mobility aids are allowed.

Are pets allowed?

No pets allowed, except for service animals.

Is there white strobe lighting or flashing lighting effects?

Some lighting sequences will include flashing, flickering and pattered effects, however there will be no strobe lighting. Some lighting features include lasers.

Will smoke or haze effects be used?

Smoke and haze effects may be used in some areas of the trail.

Real fire will be used in some areas of the trail.


Do you accept Companion Cards?

Yes, holders of a government issued companion card can access a free ticket for their companion. Proof of eligibility will be required upon entry.

Please book these tickets using the booking process.

Is Lightscape wheelchair accessible?

The trail is designed so that it can be navigated on paths. There are some paths whose gradients are steep and audience members may benefit from assistance. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne has a limited number of manual wheelchairs that can be loaned, free of charge. Wheelchairs will be available to book closer to the event date.

If the weather conditions prohibit the trail from being fully accessible for those needing mobility devices (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.), consideration will be made on a case-by-case basis to allow for tickets to be transferred to alternate dates. If you have particular access requirements, please call (03) 9252 2300 for further enquiries.

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Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Song Music, and supported by Red Energy.
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