There is a reason why Victoria is called ‘The Garden State.’ With so many beautiful gardens and parks, it can be hard to decide which ones are really worth your time. Here’s our list of the best parks in gardens that you should visit while in Melbourne.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The most impressive garden in Melbourne is The Royal Botanic Gardens. Stretching over 36 hectares (89 acres), it is home to 50,000 individual plants that represent 8,500 different species.
The place is massive! And we recommend you allow several hours to explore it all. Inside you’ll be able to enjoy displays of plants from all around the world. You’ll also find Ornamental Lake, with a bank that is perfect for picnics. If you’re visiting Melbourne, The Royal Botanic Gardens cannot be missed.
1-111 Carlton St, Carlton
The World Heritage Listed Carlton Gardens are stunning, and just a couple of minutes from the CBD. These gardens are home to the The Royal Exhibition Building, constructed in 1880 to host the World Fair. The fair was visited by over one million people, and was the first to be held in the southern hemisphere.
Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
Just east of the CBD are The Fitzroy Gardens, one of the major Victorian era gardens in the country. Home to many points of interest, including an ornamental lake, conservatory, cafe and Cook’s Cottage. The latter is the house where James Cook parents lived, brought from England in the 1930’s.
William Street & La Trobe St, West Melbourne
The oldest park in Melbourne, Flagstaff Gardens is commonly visited by residents, local workers and tourists. Named after the flagstaff that once stood on its hills, signalling the ships that would sail into port. Now its home to an underground train station, tennis courts, bowling lawns and barbeques.
Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra
The Kings Domain is just south of the CBD and features some of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks. Extending from St Kilda Road to the Yarra River, it’s home to The Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Government House and The Shrine of Remembrance.
As you explore the parklands, look out for the memorial to Weary Dunlop – a doctor who served in WWII – the cottage of Governor La Trobe and also the popular Tan running circuit. Kings Domain also extends to the Royal Botanic Gardens, so it’s easy to visit them both.
Yarra River, CBD
On the north-side of The Yarra, just across from King’s Domain, is Birrarung Marr, one of Melbourne’s newest parks. It’s often home to events and festivals, including the super popular Night Noodle Market.
Wandering around you’ll discover The Federation Bells, an installation comprising of 39 upturned bells. Several times a day they’ll perform one of over 100 compositions.
There’s also the William Barak pedestrian bridge, taking you straight to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Come here before or after a game, and it will be bustling with AFL supporters.