Catch a bit of that rare winter sun and go tree spotting at some of the beautiful parks and gardens in Melbourne.
Queen Victoria Gardens
Take a stroll through the Queen Victoria Gardens to discover a giant floral clock featuring over 7000 flowers and bedding plants donated by a group of Swiss watchmakers. For more eye-catching displays, take a stroll through the gardens at the National Gallery of Victoria across the road. It’s also a good place to stop for a bite to eat.
Designed for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880, the Royal Exhibition Building and surrounding Carlton Gardens are World Heritage listed. Attractions include the Melbourne Museum, the tennis courts and a great children’s playground. On warmer days the gardens are full of people relaxing, having a picnic or even snapping wedding photos. Don’t miss the Victorian-era Hochgurtel Fountain and circular French Fountain – good Instagram fodder. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s just a five-minute walk to Chinatown for dumplings.
Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens is an oasis of English elms, flowerbeds and water features. With towering autumn trees, vintage cottages and an enormous amount of green open space, it’s a favourite with visitors and locals alike. Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre, or explore 18th-century cottage life at Cooks’ Cottage.
The Flagstaff Gardens have been reserved as parkland since 1862 and border the north-west of the city. The stretches of lawn are a favourite lunch spot for local office workers, but a little wander reveals much more. As you walk around the gardens you’ll see eucalypts, Moreton Bay figs and avenues of elm trees, a bowling lawn, rose beds, tennis courts, sculptures and electric barbecues.
If Fido wants to celebrate National Tree Day, then head down to Fawkner Park and let your four-legged friend off-leash. This laid-back doggy hot spot is the perfect place to relax while your companion enjoys a run-around. If you’d prefer to stay active, the paths are lined with Moreton Bag figs and oak trees and are the perfect place for an inner-city stroll. Enter from Commercial Road or St Kilda Road for the off-leash area.