Parks and Gardens

Discover Melbourne's top attractions, offering a mix of historical landmarks, cultural sites, natural beauty, and family-friendly destinations. Explore the best of what Melbourne has to offer for tourists and visitors.

Museums and Galleries

Royal Botanic Gardens

"The Tan" is a treasured park for Melbournians and the garden of the city.  It has a long history and has been enjoyed for centuries.  With its stunning landscapes, central lake and diverse plant collections, the Gardens are a place of relaxtion and a gathering place.

There is an Aboriginal Heritage Walk, a Free Guided Walk, a ride on The Explorer electric bus or Punting on the tranquil Ornamental Lake, all set against a beautiful backdrop and just moments from the city.  In the summer our favourite thing to do is watch a Shakespearian comedy performed while picnicing or perhaps Wind in the Willows set on the lake.

Fitzroy Gardens

This garden doesn't get the acclaim of the Royal Botanic Gardens but it has a hidden treasure - the Conservatory - a spanish mission architectural style built in 1930 with beautiful flower displays that are changed five times a year. In the garden too you will find the Fairies Tree (with mythical creatures carved into the trunk), Captain Cooks Cottage (Cooks parents cottage, uprooted from england and planted here in the gardens for you to walk through) along with ponds, fountains, statues and a playground for the kids.

Carlton Gardens

The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens  is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. It is one of only two World Heritage sites in Victoria and is one of Australia’s four cultural World Heritage sites.

Dramatic tree-lined avenues, a majestic fountain, formal flowerbeds and miniature lakes are features of these late nineteenth century Gardens.

The gardens are home to the majestic world-heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building. The Melbourne Museum and IMAX Cinema are found on the northern border of the gardens.

Albert Park

A rival for The Royal Botanic Gardens, Albert Park Lake is just 3km from the centre of Melbourne. It is the host to the Australian Grand Prix in March but for the rest of the year, its Melbournes chosen spot for a run or walk around the lake.  There is also sailing, rowing,boating or just take your four-legged friend in some of the leash free areas.

Visitor Tips

  • Opening Hours: Check individual attraction websites for the most up-to-date information on opening hours.
  • Tickets: Purchase tickets online in advance to avoid queues.
  • Accessibility: Most attractions are wheelchair accessible; specific information is available on their websites.
  • Public Transport: Many attractions are easily accessible via Melbourne's public transport network. Use trams, buses, and trains for convenient travel.
  • Weather: Melbourne's weather can be unpredictable; it's advisable to check the forecast and dress accordingly.