The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (RBGC) is an area of remnant bushland located within an hour’s drive from the city. This expansive 363-hectare site provides visitors with the opportunity to discover various ecosystems including heathlands, wetlands and woodlands, as well as the renowned Australian Garden. The bushland has over 450 indigenous plant species and 10 kilometres of walking tracks with various visitor programs and self-guided walks available. The Perched Swamp and Trig Point looped trail begins adjacent to the RBGC visitor centre and follows a wide and flat gravel path through the surrounding grassland and bushland, which is home to over 450 indigenous plant species forming a mosaic of over 10 interlinked ecological vegetation classes. This area is a critical refuge for a diverse array of wildlife including the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot and other mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs. The track passes the ‘perched swamp’, an ancient natural phenomenon where a small, ephemeral wetland system sits atop the sand dunes. Just before the walk is complete, climb up Trig Point Tower for panoramic views of Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges and French Island.