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

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

2. Fitzroy Gardens

People walking past elm and palm trees in Treasury Gardens

3. Treasury Gardens

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

4. Birrarung Marr

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

5. Kings Domain

Statue, lake and trees at Queen Victoria Gardens.

6. Queen Victoria Gardens

Palm trees lining River Yarra, beside Alexandra Gardens.

7. Alexandra Gardens

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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