Cranbourne is encounted when traveling the Melbourne to South Gippsland/ Phillip Island (or vice versa) route. Cranbourne is an older and established country town that has been gobbled up by the Melbourne scrawl.
Prior to European settlement the Cranbourne area is thought to have been occupied by the Boonwurrung Aboriginal people. The first white settlers, the Ruffy brothers, arrived in 1836. They later opened the Cranbourne Inn that soon gave the town its name. The Motor Club Hotel is now a grand and relatively old pub. The Settlement new.
Progress in developing the land around Cranbourne was hampered by the Koo Wee Rup swampland. However William Lyall (who bought land in the swamp area) assisted in coordinating the draining of the swamp to make it usable as farmland. Some the swamp made for the Botanic Gardens. (not visited)