Melbourne is blessed with a ring of green spaces surrounding the city. Among the magnificent 19th century parks and gardens, you'll find hidden grottos, secluded ponds and sites of Aboriginal significance.

This walk is approximately 4.2km and takes about 2 hours.

Sights on this walk

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.

1. Carlton Gardens

This World Heritage site contains the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum.

People standing in front of the lake in the Fitzroy Gardens.

2. Fitzroy Gardens

These historic gardens are home to calming avenues of elm trees, Cooks' Cottage and the Conservatory.

People walking past elm and palm trees in Treasury Gardens

3. Treasury Gardens

A tranquil green edge to Melbourne's government buildings precinct.

View from the top of Birrarung Marr over the Yarra River, with the city in the background.

4. Birrarung Marr

This park by the Yarra River is an important meeting place for Melbourne’s Aboriginal community.

Person walking along a path through the greenery in Kings Domain.

5. Kings Domain

These extensive gardens are home to many significant Melbourne landmarks.

Statue, lake and trees at Queen Victoria Gardens.

6. Queen Victoria Gardens

These landscaped gardens are home to the floral clock, secluded grotto and serene waterfall.

Palm trees lining River Yarra, beside Alexandra Gardens.

7. Alexandra Gardens

A great spot to laze around or have a barbecue by the Yarra River.

More to explore

If you have more time, Melbourne’s majestic parks are a destination all on their own and deserve a dedicated visit.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Established in 1846, these picturesque gardens showcase plants from around the world.

Royal Park

Home to an array of recreational and sporting facilities and native and indigenous vegetation.

Princes Park

A major sports and recreation ground in Carlton offering a diverse range of activities.

Flagstaff Gardens

These informal gardens are a popular lunch spot for city workers.

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