Domain Parklands

Domain Parklands including King's Domain, Queen Victoria and Alexandra Gardens.

The Domain was originally reserved from sale by the Superintendent of the Port Phillip District, Charles La Trobe, as a site for a future Government House. Today the Domain parklands is a patchwork of different park areas and reserves totalling approximately 67 Hectares, comprising of the King's Domain, the Shrine Reserve, Alexandra Park, Queen Victoria Gardens and Alexandra Gardens.

The Domain is adjacent to the Government House Reserve, the Royal Botanic Gardens (35.4 Hectares) and the Yarra River. The area caters for the leisure and recreational activities of residents and city workers as part of a ring of major parks, (along with Fitzroy &Treasury Gardens, and Yarra Park), that abut the City's southern and eastern borders.

The strong visual relationship with the surrounding City has been instrumental in the Domain's development as the setting for Government House and the Shrine of Remembrance. These major symbolic landscape features have in turn influenced the Domain's use as a setting for many other civic monuments, memorial and sculptures.

Kings Domain and Alexandra Park

Features mature trees set in extensive lawns, a fern gully, and flower borders along the Government House boundary. Built features include:

Sidney Myer Music Bowl; Governor La Trobe's Cottage; Tan Track (jogging circuit); King George V statue; Weary Dunlop memorial; Grotto (fern gully); Stapley Pavilion; Tilly Aston bell; Pioneer Women's garden; Memorials and commemorative statutory and Walker fountain.

Shrine of Remembrance Reserve

The Shrine crowns an elevated site and is framed by formal tree planting, spacious lawns, and forecourt areas. Mature commemorative trees in extensive lawns feature on the surrounding slopes. Other built features include commemorative sculptures and the McPherson Robertson fountain.

Queen Victoria Gardens

Features trees and flowerbeds set in manicured lawn, roses and flowering shrubs, ornamental ponds, monuments to Queen Victoria and King Edward VII, the Janet Lady Clarke rotunda, the Floral Clock and various sculptures.

Alexandra Gardens

Features ornamental gardens with palms and shrub borders, extensive lawns with mature trees lining paths and roadways, Palm Lawn, Star Garden Bed; rowing boathouses; bicycle hire and barbecues.

Council approved the Domain Parklands Master Plan in 1997. It guides the long-term development of the parklands. Recommendations of the Master Plan include: the restoration of the historic setting and vista to Government House; the enhancement and landscaping of the rowing club precinct; restoration of the historic role of the Domain as an arboretum including the coordination of plantings with the Royal Botanic Gardens collection policies; and planting additional Australian trees to reinforce the Shrine of Remembrance vistas.


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