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Kings Domain

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Government House, MelbourneKing's Domain is part of Melbourne's Domain Parklands and they are wonderful to spend some time in, particularly in spring or autumn.

They cover a large area to the south-east of the CBD bounded by St Kilda Rd, Domain Rd and then Alexandra Parade, which runs alongside the Yarra River.

Within its boundaries lie the Government House Reserve, the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Much of the parkland was originally part of the Government House grounds, which were created in 1841, but was split off in 1934 to form the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden.

The Shrine of Remembrance is a stunning building completed in 1934 to mark those Australians who died during World War I.

Shrine of Remembrance, MelbourneIt is one of the biggest war memorials in Australia and is able to be seen from many aspects of the city. Next to it is the recently built entry to the Shrine's visitor centre, a zig-zag walled enclosure with poppies and Lest We Forget written on the wall.

Other sights within the park grounds are a statue of King George V, a memorial to war hero Weary Dunlop and Governor La Trobe's Cottage.

The Royal Botanic Gardens contain more than 50,000 plants are spread out across 38 hectares of the city.

Recognised as one of the world's great gardens, the Botanic Gardens contains many rare and endangered species that thrive within its grounds. It is also a place where Melbourne's fauna thrives - from eels in the lakes, to kookaburras, rosellas and cockatoos, as well as countless bats.

They are open from 7.30am until sunset every day of the year and there is no charge to walk around them.


Fitzroy Gardens

Fitzroy Gardens map

The Fitzroy Gardens is another heritage site that sits on the edge of melbourne's CBD in East Melbourne.

The park is one of Australia's most notable landscaped gardens and feature a model Tudor village, an ornamental lake, fountains and scupltures and Cook's Cottage, which Captain James Cook is said to have lived in while a child in England.


Treasury Gardens

Treasury Gardens map

The Treasury Gardens is a small, but pretty park adjacent to the Fitzroy Gardens and next to the Victorian Treasury Building and close to the State Parliament house.

It is a lunchtime haven for nearby office workers to get out in the sunshine and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Lots of public events and rallies are held in the gardens.

Royal Park

Royal Park Gardens map

Situated three kilometres north of the Central Business District, Royal Park covers a huge 181 hectares. Much of its size is taken up with sporting grounds and within its borders is Melbourne's Zoo. Its expansive grassed areas are popular with families and in summer the Astronomical Society has talks and sets up telescopes on a grassy hill near the park's Native Garden.

Alexandra Gardens

Alexandra Gardens map

The Alexandra Gardens are across the Yarra River from the avant garde Federation Square in Melbourne's CBD.

They are part of the King's Domain parkland and allow visitors to stroll along the southern bank of the Yarra.

It is perfect for cycling and jogging and there are public barbecues with which to enjoy family outings.


Carlton Gardens

Carlton Gardens map

The Carlton Gardens is a 26-hectare parklands just to the north-west of Melbourne's CBD. It is a lovely area in which to stroll, walk the dog or play with the children.

The gardens are regarded as a standout form of Victorian design with a mixture of European and Australian trees and lovely expansive lawns.

The two main features of the Carlton Gardens are the fabulous Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum.

The gardens are a World Heritage Site.


Flagstaff Gardens

Flagstaff Gardens map

Flagstaff Gardens MelbourneCreated in 1862 the Flagstaff Gardens are Melbourne's oldest park. The park is quite small, 7.1 hectares, and is situated on a hill at the north western edge of the CBD. Near the gardens are the Queen Victoria Market, the Royal Mint and the city loop train station named after the gardens.


Princes Park

Princes Park Gardens map

Carlton's Princes Park is a 38.6 hectare park north of the CBD. It has many Australian Rules ovals - including the home ground of the Carlton club - Princes Park. It is a pleasant park to wander through but is next to the more interesting Melbourne General Cemetery, which contains some fabulous gravestones and memorials. Princes Park is just across the road from the University of Melbourne.


Birrarung Marr

Birrarung Marr map

Angel sculpture, MelbourneBirrarung Marr is one of the newest parks in Melbourne created in 2002 connecting the south-east of the city's CBD with the sports area containing the MCG, Rod Laver Arena, basketball's Glasshouse and AAMI Stadium.

It runs alongside the Yarra River and is a series of terraces designed to make the most of city views and is a pedestrian and cyclist friendly area.

Birrarung Marr contains some interesting art including the 10m-high Angel, by Deborah Halpern, and Federation Bells - 39 inverted bells that play five-minute tunes three times a day.

NOTE: This is by no means a comprehensive list of Melbourne's parks and gardens. These are the most accessible to visitors staying in the central city.


Parliament Gardens


Coles Fountain, MelbourneNext to the Parliament Building in Spring St is a lovely little area known as Parliament Gardens.

It isn't very big but has a wonderful water sculpture called the Coles Fountain. Given to the city by the Coles retailing family, the sculpture was created in 1981.

It was turned off in 2006 due to severe drought but has been restored to its former glory with the use of reticulated water.

It is a terrific piece of art.






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