Secret gardens and majestic parks
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
1. Carlton Gardens
This World Heritage site contains the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum.
The Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens are World Heritage-listed.
Stroll tree-lined avenues and don't miss the winding Moreton Bay Fig Trees along Nicholson Street, a historically important meeting place for Aboriginal communities.Discover more about Carlton Gardens
2. Fitzroy Gardens
These historic gardens are home to calming avenues of elm trees, Cooks' Cottage and the Conservatory.
Melburnians love the calming avenues of elm trees in the Fitzroy Gardens and the seasonal blooms inside the Conservatory.
Visit the delightful Fairies’ Tree, mini model Tudor village, Cooks’ Cottage, the Visitor Centre and KereKere Green cafe.Discover more about Fitzroy Gardens
3. Treasury Gardens
A tranquil green edge to Melbourne's government buildings precinct.
Stop to sit under the cathedral avenue of Moreton Bay Figs. A favourite of city workers, at night the gardens are a playground for native brushtail possums.Discover more about Treasury Gardens
4. Birrarung Marr
This park by the Yarra River is an important meeting place for Melbourne’s Aboriginal community.
Opened in 2002, Birrarung Marr is a site for festivals, carnivals and recreation.
It is also home to the Birrarung Wilam Aboriginal art installation which celebrates Victoria’s indigenous culture.Discover more about Birrarung Marr
5. Kings Domain
These extensive gardens are home to many significant Melbourne landmarks.
To the south you'll find the lawns of Government House, the Grotto rockery and fern gully, and the Elizabethan-style Pioneer Women's Garden.
To the north, past the statue of King George V, you'll find the Kings Domain Resting Place, a memorial marking the remains of 38 Aboriginal people repatriated from the Museum of Victoria in 1985.Discover more about Kings Domain
6. Queen Victoria Gardens
These landscaped gardens are home to the floral clock, secluded grotto and serene waterfall.
Over Linlithgow Avenue is the Janet Lady Clarke Rotunda in the Queen Victoria Gardens.
You can’t miss the famous floral clock with over 7000 blooms, but look closer to find a secluded grotto and serene stone waterfall.Discover more about Queen Victoria Gardens
7. Alexandra Gardens
A great spot to laze around or have a barbecue by the Yarra River.
A perfect picnic spot, Alexandra Gardens feature swaying palm trees and historic boathouses facing the Yarra River.
With boats and rowers gliding by, it’s hard to believe you’re on the doorstep of the city.Discover more about 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.
Home to an array of recreational and sporting facilities and native and indigenous vegetation.
A major sports and recreation ground in Carlton offering a diverse range of activities.
These informal gardens are a popular lunch spot for city workers.
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