Gardens in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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One of Melbourne's many charms is the many gardens that are within walking distance of the city centre. The 90-acre Royal Botanic Gardens are adjacent to the Yarra River. The historic gardens are 160 years old and home to massive trees and 12,000 species of plants.

In Fitzroy Gardens, near Melbourne's historic Parliament House, see Cook's Cottage, which was transported from the Yorkshire village where explorer Captain James Cook was born. There is also a conservatory filled with indoor plant displays, a mini Tudor village and a tree carved by a local artist.

North of the city centre, Carlton Gardens surround the grand Royal Exhibition Buildings, which were erected for the Great Exhibition of 1880, and the Melbourne Museum is nearby.

Other green spaces include Birrarung Marr, located beside the Yarra River and home to the huge Federation Bells that were commissioned to celebrate the centenary of Australia's federation in 2001. Wander along the grassy, tree-shaded paths that follow the river, past popular public barbecue spots. Flagstaff Gardens on the west of the city were the first public gardens in Melbourne.


Yarra River

Yarra River

Board one of the many river craft at Southgate or Princes Walk or travel along the Yarra in your own boat to visit attractions such as Melbourne Park...

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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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Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Carlton Gardens

Enjoy the wildlife, majestic landscaping and ornamental features of these heritage-listed gardens, a popular picnic area for locals and museum visitors.

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Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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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