Shake off those winter cobwebs and take in a breath of fresh air among our local natural wonders. Magnolias and daffodils are just the beginning – these spring walks will introduce you to an entire ecosystem of wildlife right on our doorstep.
The Fitzroy Gardens are awash with daffodils, jonquils and bluebells at this time of year, as this classic Victorian garden setting shows off its stately grandeur. Pop into the Visitor Centre for a lowdown on what’s blooming and treat yourself to a mid-walk treat at KereKere cafe.
Trade your desk lunch for lunch al fresco style with a short walk to Treasury Gardens, just behind Spring Street. Better still, step off the train one stop before Flinders Street at Jolimont and walk through the gardens into the city to get a dose of spring greenery.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens is at its peak in spring. Established in 1846, the park’s diversity ranges from stunning old magnolias and peony varieties to the dramatic shapes of the succulents and cacti of Guilfoyle’s Volcano. Right across from the volcano, the Arid Gardens are in full bloom with striking alloes. On the central lawn are rare and threatened species native to Victoria, grouped into six blooming beds devoted to alps, grasslands, Grampians, Mallee and Eastern Ranges.
Not sure where to start? Take a free guided tour every day at 10.30am, book one of the spring walking tours on offer – like the Gardens Uncovered tour through the Herbarium – or jump aboard the Garden Explorer open air bus.
Aboriginal Walking Tours
Run by the Koorie Heritage Trust, the Aboriginal Walking Tour offers insight into the history of Birrarung Marr and the Kulin nation. Join one of their afternoon Birrarung Wilam River Walks, led by local Aboriginal guides, to discover more about Melbourne’s importance as a meeting place and location for social, educational and cultural events and activities.
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On the banks of the Yarra in Docklands, Ron Barassi Park is a great place for a weekend picnic, with a playground, barbecue facilities, community pavilion and a walking circuit. Spring colour comes in bright pink from the pigface (carpobrotus) flowers.
Or, download one of our self-guided Melbourne walking itineraries, designed to help you explore the city by foot. Try ‘On the waterfront’, a picturesque route along the Yarra River, ‘A walk in the park’ past cathedrals and the nearby gardens, or the grand terraces and leafy streets of East Melbourne’s ‘Elegant Enclave’ walk. There’s even a map dedicated to spotting street art in the city.