Melbourne – A city of parks and open space
Melbourne is a city of parks. Beautiful, curated parks full of lush green lawns and thousands of species of plants, which are home to many native animals. In fact the City of Melbourne alone manages more than 500 hectares of open space. This represents almost 15 per cent of the total area of the City of Melbourne.
While parks are fantastic places for a picnic on a sunny day, the role they play in a community is far more important. Experts say parks are an essential ingredient of a healthy city and that open space is linked to community health and child development*. Melburnians know this well as the city’s inhabitants can always be found rest and relaxing in many of the city’s beautiful parks. Here we list some of the best.
Located within walking distance of Melbourne’s Central Business District, Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most loved Gardens. It is also one of the city’s most historic and beautiful Gardens. Originally set aside as a reserve in 1848, the layout follows a classic Victorian–era design, featuring pathways lined with magnificent Elm trees, and a variety of flowers, ornamental shrubs and trees. Points of interest include the magnificent floral displays in the Spanish mission style Conservatory, Captain Cook’s Cottage, sculptures, fountains, and a model Tudor village.
Carlton Gardens (headline image)
Featuring the grand Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens are one of Melbourne’s finest.
The Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building were designed for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880 and in 2004 both were inscribed on the World Heritage List. The gardens feature flowerbeds, Elm trees, ornamental lakes, and elaborate fountains including the Victorian-era Hochgurtel Fountain and circular French Fountain.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne’s favourite oasis. When the sun is shining its famously manicured lawns are sprawled with sunbakers, picnickers and those simply seeking a break from it all. Outside the gardens, the famous ‘Tan’ track is the spiritual home of Melbourne runners, with a lap or two over the weekend being as much a part of the weekend a cafe breakfast.
Flagstaff gardens is a favourite with city workers looking for some relaxation away from the desks. The gardens are some of Melbourne’s oldest, established in 1862, and are notable for their archaeological, horticultural, historical and social significance to the history of Melbourne. Located on the highest point in the CBD, Flagstaff gardens offer great views over Melbourne’s port.
Rippon Lea House and Gardens
Rippon Lea House and Gardens is one of Australia’s finest grand suburban estates. The historic mansion is situated within a vast garden of sweeping lawns that cover more than 14 acres and features a windmill, lookout tower, heritage orchard, lake, waterfall, fernery and more.