Public Parks and Gardens in Inner Melbourne

Victoria, Australia

Green Spaces in Our City

Victoria prides itself as the garden state. And there's plenty of green about. Local public parks and gardens, national parks, all of them make an impressive show on the maps. Of course, they differ from beautiful shows of local or exotic plants, through almost-bald sports venues to sparce blocks of land with a bit of a play area and a seat, often on suburban sites too small for contemporary housing.

The National Trust classifies parks and gardens as well as buildings. Classified parks and gardens are still financially the responsibility of the owners to maintain, and they are not necessarily open to the public. Classified sites include pleasure grounds such as Rippon Lea mansion, and small cottage gardens.

The Open Garden Scheme promotes classified sites, and others of general interest with a scheme that opens private gardens to the public for a couple of days each year when they are at their best. The open garden scheme puts out a colour book containing brief descriptions of the gardens and their opening dates.

See also: Photostory, The Gardens of Melbourne

Note: This list is constantly being updated, contributions are welcome. Contact Ali Kayn

Just the facts:

Getting there: Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria. It is the hub of a centralised railway system and has an international airport.

Contact details:
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Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Alexandra Gardens (see also King's Domain, Queen Victoria Gardens)

Riverside park featuring historic boat sheds. Visit 2005

Southbound tram except 1 or 2 to stop 18

Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Albert Park, South Melbourne

Visited April, 2005
Albert Park lake, Grand Prix circuit, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Albert Park Golf Course. Dogs allowed on a leash.

Any tram along Swanston St, or City Circle tram, or train to Melbourne Central Station

Melbourne skyline and Batman Park seen from Clarendon St with Rialto Towers.

Batman Park, Melbourne inner city

Small riverside park opposite the Southbank Precinct and Crown Casino. Near to Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Helipad. Next to Enterprize Park. Visit March, 2005
Visit 1996

Corner Spencer and Flinders Streets, Melbourne. City Circle tram or any tram along Flinders Street going towards Spencer Street - then walk under railway bridge or walk from Southern Cross Station or Flinders Street Station.

Birrarungmarr, Festivale pictorial guide to melbourne; 240x180

Birrarungmarr, Melbourne inner city

Recent park beside the Yarra River opposite Flinders Street Station and next to Federation Square. Visitors can walk through Birrarungmarr to get to Melbourne Park and Jolimont Park via the footbridges to the sports and entertainment precinct.

Corner Swanston Street and Batman Avenue, Melbourne. Take any train or tram to Flinders Street Station.

Royal Exhibition Buidings, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

Established gardens near the CBD, Carlton and Fitzroy. Featuring the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne Museum, established gardens and children's play area.

Rathdowne Street, Carlton.
City circle tram, or 86 or 96 trams from Bourke St to Nicholson Street entrances

Domain, see King's Domain

Enterprize Park, Melbourne, Festivale pictorial guidebook; 310x233

Enterprize Park, Melbourne

Enterprize Park is next to the Melbourne Aquarium and across from Old Customs House (Immigration Museum). Enterprize Park is across the river from the Crown Casino and Southbank

Open: 24 hrs
City of Melbourne Parks and Recreation
Reproduction Enterprize Schooner project
Melbourne Foundation Day official site
Visit Victoria

Flinders Street, Melbourne. City circle tram or any tram along Flinders Street and step off at Williams Street, or walk from Southern Cross (Spencer Street) Station or Flinders Street station.

Exhibition Gardens, see Carlton Gardens

Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne inner city

Conservatory, River God Fountain, Model Tudor Village, Cook's Cottage

Wellington Parade, Melbourne. Eastbound tram 48 or 75 from Flinders St to stop 9

Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne inner city

Highest point in Melbourne city, on the Another View trail, tennis and basketball courts. Established trees and walking paths.

LaTrobe Street, Melbourne
City Circle Tram, or any tram along La Trobe St going towards Spencer St. City Loop trains stop at Flagstaff Gardens Monday to Saturday.

Flinders Park

Renamed to Melbourne Park, bit of a sad decision really.

Gordon Reserve, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gordon Reserve

Standard fountain, statue of Adam Lindsay Gordon

Spring St, Melbourne
City Circle tram, train to Parliament Station

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

King's Domain, Melbourne

La Trobe's Cottage, Shrine of Remembrance, Sir McPherson Robertson Fountain

Saint Kilda Road, Melbourne.
Getting there: Southbound tram except 1 or 2 to stop 18

Melbourne Park, Rod Laver Arena

Melbourne Park

National Tennis Centre (renamed to Rod Laver Arena [RLA] after a tennis player who no longer lives in Australia), Hisense Arena (previously Vodafone Arena [VA]), Old Scotch Oval (renamed to The Oval - sigh), Old Xaverians Oval. Renamed from Flinders Park by Jeff Kennett ('nother sigh).

Melbourne Park, 1 Batman Avenue, Melbourne.
Tram 70 from Flinders Street, or train to Jolimont Station and cross Yarra Park and footbridge, or train to Richmond Station and walk or tram towards the city along Swan St.

Melbourne Zoo,

see Royal Park

Parliament Gardens and Parliament Place, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Parliament Gardens, Parliament Place Melbourne.

Small gardens near Parliament House.

Spring St, Melbourne
City Circle tram; Tram 112 West Preston from Collins St

Pioneer Womens' Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Pioneer Women's Gardens

(see also Queen Victoria Gardens)

Southbound tram except 1 or 2 to stop 18

Floral Clock, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne

Floral Clock, statues, gardens

Southbound tram except 1 or 2 to stop 18

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Royal Botanic Gardens

National Herbarium, Ornamental Lake, Botanic Collections, Ornamental gates from Nareeb

Southbound tram 8 from Swanston St to stop 23, Domain Rd

Kangaroo at Melbourne Zoo, Royal Park, Melbourne, Victoria; 400x267

Royal Park

Melbourne Zoo: Great Flight Aviary, Butterfly House, Bush Walk, African Rain forest

Check web site for opening hours and contact details.

Elliott Ave, Parkville
Northbound tram 55 or 56 from William St.

Treasury Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Treasury Gardens, Melbourne

Established parkland and John F. Kennedy memorial

Corner of Spring Street and Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
City circle tram to corner or 75 from Flinders Street Station.

Yarra Park

Attractions include the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum, the Long Room, the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum and Library; the Great Southern Stand, the Pictorial walkways, the Aussie Rules Football Exhibition, and the Cricket Hall of Fame.

Public transport: Tram from Flinders St, or train to Jolimont railway station.

Zoo, see Royal Park

pictorial guide to melbourne and victoria, click here

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