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Parks & gardens

Discover Melbourne's abundant parks and leafy gardens. Take a break from the hectic pace of the city and enjoy floral displays, manicured lawns, ancient elms, cooling fountains and heritage architecture.

Inner-city tranquility

Stroll fine avenues of European trees lining the park and its edges in the Treasury Gardens adjacent to Old Treasury House. Visit the Scarred Tree, in Fitzroy Gardens, an ancient relic of the Wurundjeri people, the original inhabitants of Melbourne. Get a glimpse of Victoria's colonial history at Cook's Cottage, which was transported from the Yorkshire village where Captain James Cook was born. Walk along the banks of the Yarra and check out the indigenous rock carvings in the riverside park Birrarung Marr – birrarung meaning 'river of mists' and marr is 'side'. Take a break from a day of shopping at the Queen Victoria Market and wind down on the lawns of Flagstaff Gardens established on the highest point of land in the city. The gardens hosted a signalling station that flagged the arrival of ships in the bay. Also known to early settlers as Burial Hill, the gardens were a pioneer burial site until the establishment of the Melbourne Cemetery in 1853.

Gardens south of the river

Make the most of a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, home to over 12,000 different species of plants and a sanctuary for native wildlife. Discover the beauty and diversity of the historic gardens at your own pace. Explore the Australian Rainforest Walk, picnic with friends by the Ornamental Lake, or spend the day in the National Herbarium and Old Melbourne Observatory. Home to Victoria's Shrine of Remembrance, Kings Domain boasts lush parkland and sweeping lawns. Catch an evening show at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, an expansive outdoor amphitheatre. Join locals and visitors alike, wandering through impeccably maintained beds of annuals and roses at the Queen Victoria Gardens, or visit the giant floral clock on St Kilda Road, made up of some 7,000 flowers. See the city from a different angle from Alexandra Gardens, relax on the extensive lawns and watch the ferries chug by.

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Birrarung Marr

Listen to the ringing of the eye-catching Federation Bells and browse the open-air collection of artworks to discover Melbourne's indigenous culture.

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Carlton Gardens

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CERES Community Environment Park

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Como House and Garden

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Fitzroy Gardens

Marvel at the tiny doorways of historic Captain Cook's Cottage, the carved Fairies Tree, the model Tudor Village, and myriad fountains and statues.

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Flagstaff Gardens

Escape to the serene Flagstaff Gardens with a picnic from the Queen Victoria Market and lounge by the roses, play bowls, and admire the monuments.

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Queen Victoria Gardens

Stand beside the Queen Victoria memorial statue and survey the ornamental lakes, palm trees, sweeping lawns and rose gardens, and stunning cityscapes.

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Rippon Lea Estate

Visit a grand National Heritage listed estate, established 1868, with sweeping lawns, trees, ornamental lake, fernery, and heritage orchard.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Cranbourne Gardens

Discover the astonishing beauty of 170,000-plus individual native plants in settings that capture the essence of Australia's diverse landscape.

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Royal Botanic Gardens

Breathe deep and fill your lungs with the goodness of the freshest air from the heart of Melbourne's city centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden

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