Did you know that there are 480 hectares (1186.11 acres) of grassy green parks, each with public artworks, venues and unique features located in Melbourne? Sounds like some pretty common knowledge to me. Just whip that out next time you’re at trivia. Here are a few of my favourite Melbourne City parks to take a picnic to, listen to a podcast in or just go sit and read.
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📍Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
🚊#75 / #48
Classed as some of the nicest gardens in Melbourne, you’ll be able to spend a few hours wandering, exploring and taking some time out.
A lot of people recommend the Dolphin Fountain which I personally dislike (dolphins don’t sit on rocks okay, they just do not) but I guess it is pretty neat.
I think just walking around is fun but if you’re short on time click here for a walking map you can do.
⏰09:00 – 17:00
The Conservatory is one of my favourite buildings in Fitzroy Gardens. Opened in 1930, it’s a wonderful display of Spanish mission architecture.
Each year it has five different horticultural displays to show in which the previous one gets taken out and replaced within a week!
Cooks Cottage + Sinclair’s Cottage
⏰Cooks Cottage: 9:00 – 17:00
💰Adults $6.70 | Concession* $5.10
Cooks Cottage was shipped to from Yorkshire to Melbourne in 253 packing cases and then rebuilt. It is one of the only concrete historical links there is to Captain Cook’s origins. Surrounded by an authentic mid 18th century Yorkshire cottage garden you can go in, dress up and snap some pictures.
Sinclair’s Cottage is simply used for admin purposes, but it’s cool to see an example of Italian-Romanesque style … but in… cottage form. It was built in 1866 for 520 pounds (imagine).
Model Tudor Village + Fairies’ Tree.
The village is a gift given to Melbourne after WWII and every time I see it, I just want to let loose some rabbits because it’d be tiny mini Godzillas running around eating grass.
The Fairies Tree was sculpted by Australian artist, author and philanthropist Ola Cohn and has wildlife, animals and little fairies painted and carved into it.
📍1-111 Carlton St, Carlton
🚊#11 / #12 / #109
The Carlton Gardens is what I like to call a bit of a mixed bag. It’s got the Unesco World Heritage Site Inscription (2004) for the Royal Exhibition Building, The Melbourne Museum, The Imax Theatre and also is just a really lovely place to walk.
If you're interested in the Melbourne Museum,
you can see information for that
+ a lot of other museums on a post here.
Queen Victoria Gardens
📍St Kilda Road.
Although small, The Queen Victoria Gardens holds a few gems within. The floral clock, dedicated by the Swiss on behalf of the watchmakers, The MPavilion, The Pheonix Statue to associate with the longings of immortality and everlasting life and one of my personal favourites, The Water Nymph.
“MPavilion is an innovative civic space, a cultural laboratory for the community to engage and share, and a bold architecture commission for Australia.”
This place always looks really cool passing it, seeing the development to what it becomes. It holds a series of free talks, workshops, performances and installations.
The Royal Botanical Gardens
⏰ Gardens 24/7
📍 Birdwood Ave, South Yarra
Every summer, The Royal Botanical Gardens holds the Moonlight Cinema where you get to sit outside and watch classics, cult films and new releases. The Gardens also has The Government House, Herb Garden, Fern Garden, Tecoma Pavilion, Guilfoyle’s Volcano, Ornamental Lake, National Herbarium.
This volcano is more of the state-of-the-art, integrated water system than a volcano (it’s a crater that holds water.) However, it is used to improve water quality by filtering it through creeks while maintaining temperature. It’s wild!
⏰ Mondays & Thursdays 10am to 12.15pm.
💰 Adults: $18 | Concession: $13 | Child: $10
📝 You need to book at least two weeks ahead. Click here for info.
🚊#3/3a, #5, #6, #16, #64, #67 #72
Tours for the Gardens are on the third Thursday of every month for free (need to be booked two weeks in advance) and an open day occurs on the 26th of January yearly.
The Government House still houses our Governer (making it the largest residential property) and has held many a royal dinner guests within it.
It’s considered to be one of the finest examples of 19th-century residential architecture within Australia and it’s pretty easy to see why.
Built during the gold rush, it cost the colony £200,000 and when finally revealed in 1876, The Age Newspaper called it a ‘huge pile, bald and plain to downright ugliness.’ (incredible. so funny.)
Do you have a favourite city park on this list? Which do you prefer?
Let me know in the comments below!
As always, stay cool.