Take a walk through Melbourne’s magnificent cathedrals, lush parklands and the delightful Flinders Lane. Discover the attractions and sights of the Treasury Gardens, the heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens and Melbourne's park by the Yarra River, Birrarung Mar.
This walk is approximately 3.75km and takes about 2 hours.
Sights on this walk
1. St Paul’s Cathedral
Start your walk by taking the 10-minute tour of St Paul’s Cathedral. Pick up a brochure inside the entrance to guide you.
2. Matthew Flinders statue
Near the Swanston Street entrance to St Paul’s Cathedral, there’s a statue of Matthew Flinders who bravely circumnavigated the continent from 1801-03.
3. Hosier Lane
This cobblestone lane is home to dramatic street art and funky bars.
4. Flinders Lane
Once the home of the city’s rag trade, today the old warehouses and factories hide apartments, artisans and galleries, and some of the city’s grooviest bars.
5. Levy and Robinson’s Warehouse
At 129-131 Flinders Lane, look out for Levy and Robinson’s Warehouse, a three-storey bluestone building that dates back to 1857.
6. Milton House
Designed in Art Noveau style, Milton House was built as a private hospital in 1901 for the eminent Melbourne surgeon William Moore.
7. Treasury Gardens
With beautiful avenues of Moreton Bay Figs, the Treasury Gardens are full of history, dating back to the early period of European settlement.
8. Robert Burns memorial
Created in 1904, this memorial is of perhaps one of the most famous characters in Scottish history, the poet Robert Burns (1759-1796).
9. John F Kennedy memorial
A memorial commemorating the American president, John F Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963.
10. Fitzroy Gardens
Fitzroy Gardens was laid out in the 1850s and named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, Governor of New South Wales and Governor General of the Australian Colonies.
Built in 1930, The Conservatory features five major floral displays each year, attracting large crowds of garden lovers.
12. Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre
Head to the Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre for information, merchandise or to chat with the friendly visitor services team.
13. Cooks’ Cottage
Cooks’ Cottage was the home of Captain James Cook’s parents, though the explorer never lived there himself. Inside is a reconstruction of a modest English home of the mid-1700s.
14. Scarred Tree
Scarred trees have had bark removed to create canoes, shelters and shields by Aboriginal people. The tree continues to grow around the ‘scar’ creating a unique appearance.
15. Sinclair’s Cottage
Built in 1866, Sinclair's cottage was the home of James Sinclair, the renowned horticulturalist who established the Fitzroy Gardens in the 1860s.
16. Fairies’ Tree
A series of tree carvings by Ola Cohn depicting fairies, dwarfs, gnomes and a variety of Australian animals and birds.
17. Model Tudor Village
Built in the late 1940s, these model buildings represent a typical Kentish village during the Tudor period.
18. Children’s playground
Slide down the dragon’s tail, swing on the giraffe’s ears, and see how the dragon glows in the dark!
19. English Elms
The English Elms in the Fitzroy Gardens are among the oldest and finest in the world.
20. River God fountain
The Renaissance-style figure of a river god was created in 1862 by Victoria’s most important sculptor of the period, Charles Summers.
21. St Patrick’s College
A lonely bluestone tower is all that remains of St Patrick’s College, a Catholic school that operated from 1854 to 1968.
22. Pilgrim Path
Take the southern approach to St Patrick’s Cathedral, down the serene Pilgrim Path.
23. St Patrick’s Cathedral
An architectural triumph of William Wardell, St Patrick's Cathedral was built between 1858 and 1897, with spires added in the 1930s.
24. Stone Inlay
In the forecourt of St Patrick’s is a stone inlay, where Aboriginal and Christian spiritual symbols are depicted.
25. Lutheran Church
This heritage-listed Lutheran Church was first built in 1853 and replaced by the present structure in 1874.
26. Premiers’ Statues
See John Cain, Sir Henry Bolte and other premiers of Victoria at the end of Premiers’ Way.
27. Government Buildings
See some of Victoria’s finest Government Buildings.
28. 1 Treasury Place
This is the address of the Victorian Premier’s office.
29. Hotel Lindrum
Formerly the Lindrum Billiard Rooms, which was named after all-time billiards champion Walter Lindrum.
30. Herald Building
Built in the 1920s, the Herald and Weekly Times building was home to newspapers and other publications.
31. Birrarung Marr
Birrarung Marr is a park by the Yarra River which is also an important meeting place for Melbourne’s Aboriginal community.
32. Federation Bells
A sound sculpture where 39 electronic bells chime three times daily.
Download this walk
Sign up to What's On weekly
Queen Victoria Gardens
These landscaped gardens on St Kilda Road are home to the Floral Clock.
A great place for birdwatching, a casual picnic or an escape from the city.