Weekend Wanderings – Guilfoyle’s Volcano

On a recent trip to the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens we stopped at Guilfoyle’s Volcano and spent quite a bit of time there,

Guilfoyle’s Volcano was built in 1876 and was used to store water for the botanic gardens. After lying idle for 60 years, it was restored as part of a significant landscape development project called Working Wetlands. 

This spectacular and historic water reservoir has commanding views of the city, and its striking landscape design showcases low water use plants. Boardwalks and viewing platforms give visitors the opportunity to explore this long-hidden but remarkable feature of Melbourne Gardens.

Guilfoyle’s Volcano is in the south-east corner of the gardens and is easily accessible via C Gate (enter via Anderson Street) and D Gate (enter via Birdwood Avenue).


It has a stunning array of Cacti and Succulents surrounding the reservoir and the reservoir itself has moving islands or tussocks for of water plants……very pretty and serene; and so many, many photos 🙂

I hope I did bore you too much, til next time happy snapping…

~ Julz