Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

Client: Royal Botanic Gardens Board

An epic journey across the Australian continent inspires a carefully curated café and functions operation where the landscape is the hero


The Project

An epic journey across the Australian continent unfolds over the 15 hectares of the Australian Garden, part of 363 hectares dedicated to Australian environments at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. Recognised in 2015 as one of the world’s great tourism gardens, the Australian Garden follows a watercourse traversing deserts, high mountains and coastal plains on the way to the sea.

More than 30 awards have acclaimed the landscape design, art and architecture employed to reveal the evolving connections between people, plants and the landscape. The Visitor Centre embodies those connections with a learning and hospitality space that blends into the hill while offering sweeping outlooks framing the beauties of the Australian Garden as visitors learn, shop, eat and relax at the Boon Wurrung Café.

Our Role

Involved in the project since the Australian Garden was in planning, The Maytrix Group worked closely with the urban and building architects to ensure the Boon Wurrung Café and adjoining education and function spaces were planned for flexible use while maximising the outlook over the stunning landscaped Australian Garden.

In an initial engagement, The Maytrix Group delivered a design concept that positioned the Boon Wurrung Café as an extension of its environment both physically and conceptually. A carefully curated menu inspired by the multiplicity of Australian environments and the bush foods they yield was developed, and an operator sought to deliver a unique, immersive café and functions experience that embraced the landscape as the hero. Those values have been protected and extended through subsequent managed tenders to further enhance alignment with the Royal Botanic Gardens sustainability focus.

Maytrix managed the initial operator procurement and following a long-standing contract, re-tendered the café and function operations to ensure the integrity of the original concept for the café was maintained.

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