Melbourne Parks

Parks and Gardens

Albert Park Melbourne

For a day out in the sun with your family, partner, or friends, Albert Park is the place to go. Located only 3km from the Melbourne city centre Albert Park is a 225 hectare sporting and recreational park that has everyone in mind. The focal point for many events and an important sanctuary for both flora and fauna, Albert Park is a beautiful, relaxing, and fun place to spend the day.With so many wonderful things on offer you can enjoy a picnic or barbeque at one of the 9 picnic areas, which house barbeques, shelters, and toilet blocks to ensure your ultimate comfort. You can book the shelter for private events by contacting the Parksvic office.

There is a large lake, which is home to a gorgeous family of swans and is a lovely place to take a walk and just take in the scenery. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, you can join the yacht and rowing club, take some lessons, or hire a boat just for fun and go for a paddle.

Albert Park is host to some of Melbourne’s most exciting events. In May The Million Paws Walk sees many dogs play and run through the park with their owners, raising money for charity. Throughout the year there are various Fun Runs, and in March the Fosters Australian Grand Prix Carnival is held, which is sure to impress the rev heads of all ages.

There are restaurants, function centres, and indoor sporting facilities to keep you entertained, where you can swim, dive, play basketball, or just work out at the gym overlooking the beautiful parklands.

For all the fun of a fully serviced and catering park, in inner city Melbourne, be sure to check out Albert Park.

Address: Albert Rd, Albert Park
Phone: 03 8627 4699

Alexandra Gardens

The Alexandra Gardens are on the edge of the Yarra River, very close to the CBD. They include the historic rowing boathouses and are host to major events, including Melbourne’s Moomba Waterfest every March. These gardens are also popular with Melbourne’s youth because they house the Riverside Skate Park. Access from St Kilda Road, or from Southbank, under Princes Bridge.
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Australian Garden

A garden built around the arid inland landscapes of Central Australia with a Rockpool Waterway. Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Ballarto Road, Cranbourne. (03 5990 2200).

Birrarung Marr

Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr is a large park that is close to the city of Melbourne. It is next to Federation Square. Fans attending events at the Melbourne Cricket Ground or Rod Laver Arena may choose to take the train to Flinders Street Station and then walk to the stadium through Birrarung Marr.

There are large areas of grass along with many trees and paths, while the river is nearby.

A children’s art centre and gallery called ArtPlay is located in Birrarung Marr. Other parts of the park include the Angel sculpture, Speakers’ Corner, Birrarung Wilam, and William Barak Bridge.

The Federation Bells are one of the key parts of Birrarung Marr. Three times a day the large group of bells ring loudly.

Call (03) 9658 9658 for information on Birrarung Marr. Birrarung Marr is located on Batman Avenue, while it is bordered on one side by the Yarra River. To get there, either walk from the CBD area or catch a tram.

Bundoora Park

A large park surrounding Mount Cooper, which is the highest point Melbourne. There is a settlement theme park and an exhibition of pioneer crafts. Plenty Road, Bundoora (03 8470 8170).

Carlton Gardens

The Carlton Gardens have a World Heritage Listing and contain the Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum, lawns, lakes, and trees. Established in 1857 and awarded World Heritage Status in 2004. City Circle Tram.

Como Historic house and garden

The Como Historic House and Garden was built in 1847. It is now a site to tour, to attend a special exhibition, or to be hired for events. Como House is designed in an “Australian Regency and classic Italianate architecture” manner. It is named after Lake Como in Italy.

The site held an exhibition for the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. It is also a popular place for weddings and other events.

The site was given to the National Trust in 1959.

Visitors to Como can buy a snack at the Cafe Bursaria; the cafe is open every day.

The opening hours for the Como Historic House and Garden change during the year. Open every day during the warmer months, except for Christmas Day and Good Friday, during winter it is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. To see inside the house you must take a guided tour. Only large groups need to book a tour before arriving. Call (03) 9827 2500 to book a large tour group or call the same number for other information.

Como House and Garden is located at the corner of Williams Road and Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra. If taking public transport, catch a tram in the city or take a train to South Yarra Station and catch a tram from there.

Fitzroy Gardens

The Fitzroy Gardens, located just east of the central area of the city, are a famous Melbourne tourist attraction, as they are where Cooks’ Cottage is located. Captain James Cook discovered Australia and this cottage was his home in England. In the 1930s it was taken apart and sent to Australia.

There is a small entrance fee to visit Cooks’ Cottage, which is open every day of the year except for Christmas Day. For more information call (03) 9419 4677, and for group bookings the number to call is (03) 9419 5766.

Among the other things to see in the Fitzroy Gardens are the Conservatory, Sinclair’s Cottage, and a model Tudor Village.

To learn more when visiting the Fitzroy Gardens, join a free walking tour, which takes place on Wednesdays.

Take a tram from the city to get quickly to the Fitzroy Gardens. They are within walking distance of Parliament Station, as well as Jolimont Station, which is to the south.

Flagstaff Gardens

Since 1840 the Flagstaff Gardens have been an important part of Melbourne, Victoria.

What was first a location for signal flags, for when ships arrived in Melbourne, is now a large park that provides a break for people among the many tall buildings of the Melbourne CBD. A variety of tree-lined paths are available to walk along. These can also be a shortcut when walking from Queen Victoria Market to the Docklands area.

Lawn bowls and tennis are played at facilities in the Flagstaff Gardens.

The address of Flagstaff Gardens is 309-311 William Street. La Trobe Street, Dudley Street, Peel Street and King Street also run next to its perimeter. The Melbourne Loop’s Flagstaff Train Station is nearby, while trams, including the free City Circle Tram, travel along the streets going past the park. For more details about Flagstaff Gardens and other Melbourne parks call (03) 9658 9658.

Kings Domain

King’s Domain is a huge area of parklands situated in the heart of Melbourne. It encompasses many parks, gardens, and reserves. Kings Domain encircles Government House Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Shrine of Remembrance. It also is home to the award winning Sidney Myer Music Bowl, a popular amphitheatre that hosts popular and classical musical events. Access from St Kilda Road. Tram from City.

National Rhododendron Gardens

The National Rhododendron Gardens are located on the edge of the Olinda State Forest on the eastern ridge of Mount Dandenong. The address is The Georgian Road, Olinda. Visitors to the National Rhododendron Gardens can expect to see rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, cherries, and daffodils. There are approximately 15,000 rhododendrons in the gardens. The size of the gardens is 40 hectares.

When driving, it takes around an hour from the centre of Melbourne to arrive at the National Rhododendron Gardens. Take Eastlink from the city, then Canterbury Road, Mount Dandenong Tourist Road and Falls Road.

Public transport users can take the train to Belgrave and then a bus to Olinda.

Telephone Parks Victoria on 13 1963 for information about the gardens. For group bookings at the cafe, which is open September to November, call (03) 9751 0443. The park can be closed on days of total fire ban and other times when there is a fire risk in the area.

Queen Victoria Gardens

These beautiful gardens are part of Domain Parklands and are only a short walk from the city and arts precinct. Highlights are the famous floral clock facing St Kilda Road, sculptures, and monuments. St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Tram from city.

Royal Park

Royal Park is the largest park in Melbourne and is managed as native bushland. The Australian Native Garden is a good place for bird watching. Royal Park is the home to Melbourne Zoo and the Royal Park Golf Course.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Peaceful, relaxing, and aromatic, the Royal Botanical gardens are award winning for a reason. For true Australian botanic beauty and diversity, you can’t miss a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Recently developed, the Royal Botanic Gardens won the 2006 Qantas Australian Tourism Award for the top ‘New Tourism Development.’ And when you go to visit, it’s not hard to see why. From an inspirational red sand garden to the rock pool waterway, you get a taste of the beauty of the Austrian natural flora and might even catch a glimpse of some of the countries native creatures along the way.

Five Exhibition Gardens are on display all year around that encourage the whole family to interact, learn, and play in the beauty that nature has to offer. For the kids, the Water Saving Garden and the Kids Backyard garden are great places to have fun learning about nature and how to protect the beauty that is all around us.

Many tours, activities, and programs are presented all year around at the Royal Botanic Gardens, providing a large range of experiences for guests of all ages.

For lunch, there is a great little cafe that caters for even the pickiest eaters. Or, if you would prefer to cater for yourself, just head over to the Woodland picnic area. In the picnic area you can enjoy the use of free gas barbeques, picnic tables, an enormous kid’s playground, and a large open space for playing games with the kids.

After lunch, why not take a walk on the 10km of walking tracks, where you can check out the native animals and enjoy the true Australian bush. Only 45 minutes out of the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens protects, develops, and houses 12,000 species of plants, and is sanctuary to many native animals. In the summer time there are evening events for the whole family, including concerts and movie nights to make the most of the balmy summer nights.

Address: Corner of Ballart Road and Botanic Drive (off South Gippsland Highway) Rd
Phone: 03 5990 2200

Treasury Gardens

Treasury Gardens is a tree-filled park right next to Melbourne’s central business district. It is a place to relax in the shade or have a picnic on the lawns. In the evening, as Melbourne becomes quieter as businesses close for the day, the many possums of the Treasury Gardens come out of their gum trees, elms, cedars, and oaks.

In the centre of the park is a memorial to John F Kennedy and a water feature. Several statues are located around the Treasury Gardens, including a statue of Sir William Clarke.

The streets along the edge of the Treasury Gardens are Spring Street, Wellington Parade, Lansdowne Street, and Treasury Place. Trams and buses operate on several of these streets. The Treasury Gardens are a short walk from Parliament Station for those who are arriving in the city by train. Phone (03) 9658 9658 for more information about the Treasury Gardens.

Werribee Park

About 30 minutes from Melbourne with a mansion from the 1870’s and ten hectares of formal gardens. K Road Werribee (03 9741 6879)