Encompassing over 530 hectares, central Melbourne boasts ten of the most beautiful parks and gardens in the world. With more than 2,000 parks and reserves, it comes as no surprise Melbourne is capital of the Garden State.
Open Gardens | Melbourne
Every Saturday, Sunday
Open Gardens calendar is managed by Victorian Open Gardens Scheme Inc replacing Open Garden Scheme.
The Victorian Open Gardens web site shows the details of open gardens and times.
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The garden entry fee for the 2015/16 season is $15 per adult, depending Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne 1,000 Steps | Kokoda Track Memorial Walk
The 1000 Steps Kokoda Track Memorial Walk is a unique tourist spot located in the Dandenong Ranges National Park at Mt Dandenong.
The track was created in the early 1900's made from the trunks of tree ferns laid along the wetter areas of the track to make the climb a little Read more..
View Profile | Upper Ferntree Gully 1853 - 2007 | Flow of History - Yan Yean Reservoir
When it was first constructed, the nine-metre high dam on the Plenty River to create was then the largest storage dam in the world.
Flow of History
The parched Yan Yean Reservoir was once a mighty testament to a new city's boundless optimism. But at 18 per cent full, is its Read more..
View Profile | Yan Yean Agnes Falls
Agnes Falls is the highest waterfall in Victoria, falling 59 meters.
Hidden within the green rolling hills of the Strzelecki Ranges, the meandering Agnes River cascades over rocks into a deep picturesque gorge producing Victoria’s highest (59 metres) single span waterfall! Af Read more..
View Profile | Toora Akoonah Park
Akoonah Park is Crown Land reserved as a Show Ground and Recreation Reserve. It is situated in the City of Casey on the eastern edge of Berwick adjoining the Cardinia Creek.
The area of 11 hectares has been developed by the volunteer committe of management to provide faciliti Read more..
View Profile | Berwick Albert Park and Lake
Albert Park Lake is a man made lake situated in Albert Park bordered by Albert Road, Queens Road, Fitzroy Street and Canterbury Road.
The park is roughly 2.25 square kilometres of parkland including Albert Park Lake with many different sporting facilities including parks, spor Read more..
View Profile | Albert Park Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens are set out on five hectares of land off St Kilda Road, at the foot of Princes Bridge between the Yarra River and Alexandra Avenue.
Alexandra Gardens are part of a larger group of parklands directly south-east of the city, between St. Kilda Road and the Yarra Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens
Alfred Nicholas Gardens are in Sherbrooke in the Dandenong Ranges near Kallista, about an hour's drive from Melbourne.
The gardens cover a massive 13 hectares of plantings including Australian native plants. The many linking paths through this garden take you beneath a canopy Read more..
View Profile | Sherbrooke All Nations Park
All Nations Park
Separation Street, Northcote
Melway Reference: 30 G7
All Nations Park is a contemporary 13 hectare regional park created on the site of the former 'Northcote Landfill'. The official opening on the 23 February, 2002 was attended by an estimated crowd of over Read more..
View Profile | Northcote Argyle Square
Argyle Square Piazza Carlton is located off Lygon Street in Carlton.
Part of the site is a tree-lined park and part is the site of the former Carlton Bowling Club. In 1995, the Carlton Bowling Club closed and the land became vacant. The City of Melbourne then made plans for i Read more..
View Profile | Carlton Ashcombe Maze & Water Gardens
Home to Australia's oldest and largest traditional hedge mazes Ashcombe also features the first circular rose maze of its kind in the world. 1200 rose bushes specifically chosen for their colour and perfume make this maze a sensory delight and challenge.
25 acres of internati Read more..
View Profile | Shoreham Avenel Maze
Avenel is a very different maze to those of England’s Hampton Court or France’s Palace of Versailles. For one thing it is set in a stunning Australian landscape, overlooking, through gum trees filled with cockatoos, magpies and parrots, the hazy Goulburn Valley and the rugged hil Read more..
View Profile | Avenel Ballarat Botanical Gardens
The Ballarat Botanical Gardens is one of Australias most significant cool climate gardens
The Ballarat Botanical Gardens covers 40 hectares divided into three distinct zones - the central Botanical Gardens which preserves the 'gardenesque' style of the Victorian pleasure garde Read more..
View Profile | Ballarat Batman Park
There are a number of parks named Batman Park but the best known is the Batman Park below the railway bridge near the corner of Clarendon and Flinders Streets.
Connected to the Enterprize Park, Batman Park was named after the founder of Melbourne the explorer John Batman. Mel Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Batman's Pigeon Loft
The Pigeon Loft at Batman Park was built by Melbourne City Council to encourage the cities pigeons to roost away from popular tourist areas.
As a humane measure to curb their breeding, the pigeons eggs are removed from the roost and replace with plastic dummy eggs.
Batman P Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Bicentennial Park
Sydney may have its Bicentennial Park (ie Sydney Olympic Park) but in Melbourne, or more accurately, Chelsea we also have our own Bicentennial Park.
Managed by Kingston City Council, Bicentennial Park is is Scotch Parade, Chelsea
Mel Ref: 93 E12
Bicentennial Park is a favo Read more..
View Profile | Chelsea Birrarung Marr
Birrarung Marr is Melbourne's newest major parkland in more than 100 years.
Birrarung Marr 8.3 hectare park was opened on Australia Day, 26 January 2002 situated between Federation Square and Melbourne Park, providing a promenade link between CBD and the sporting precinct wit Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Bollygum Park
WHERE THE STORY COMES TO LIFE!
AN ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND IN KINGLAKE, VICTORIA
A magical playground located at 40 Whittlesea - Kinglake Road, Kinglake, Victoria, Bollygum Park is based around the award winning children's book 'Bollygum' by Garry Fleming.
You will be enchante Read more..
View Profile | Kinglake Bolobek
Bolobek, a magnificent heritage property nestled in the foothills of Mt Macedon in Victoria, has inspired Australian gardeners for more than a century.
Bolobek is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register for its importance aesthetically, historically, architecturally and for Read more..
View Profile | Macedon Boneo Maze & Mini Golf
Boneo Maze and Wetlands Centre is a magnificent eco-tourism complex, only 5minutes from Rosebud, off Boneo Road. The wetlands gives visitors a unique experience to walk along the 2km of boardwalk winding through 15 acres of swamp and wetlands.
Visitors can experience viewing Read more..
View Profile | Fingal Brighton General Cemetery
1853 - 2003 : 150 Years of History
Brighton General Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Interested in the Brighton Cemetery? Then become a foundation supporter of the Brighton Cemetorians today. It's free!
Looking for the burial index? This web site has a wealth Read more..
View Profile | Caulfield South Bundoora Park
Bundoora Park is Melbourne’s most diverse park providing a wealth of activities and experiences for the whole family.
Bundoora Park is a 180 hectare parkland set in natural bushland beside the Darebin Creek and rising to Mount Cooper.
A scenic drive takes you to the upper Read more..
View Profile | Bundoora Burnley Gardens
The Burnley Gardens in Richmond date back to 1861 when the Horticulture Society of Victoria established experimental gardens. The aim was to introduce new plants to the colonies, and to promote botanical and horticultural science.
The land was granted to the Society on the bas Read more..
View Profile | Richmond Canterbury Gardens
Canterbury Gardens are an example of the Gardenesque style of gardens from the early 1900s.
The park features rolling lawns, specimen trees and superb, colourful displays of perennial borders and annual beds.
The gardens are situated on an area of former market gardens and Read more..
View Profile | Canterbury Caribbean Park | Gardens and Market
Caribbean Park is 100 acres of gardens, markets, rides, cafe surrounding the beautiful Lake Caribbean. Throughout the picnic grounds are BBQ's and plenty of picnic tables under the share of beautiful elms, gums and pine trees.
Rides include the Chair Lift (over the lake), Ju Read more..
View Profile | Scoresby Carlton Gardens
Carlton Gardens adjoins the northeastern corner of Melbourne's central business district, near Victoria Street, Rathdowne Street, Carlton Street and Nicholson Street.
The Gardens slope gently down to the northeast and southwest from the Exhibition Building. Mature trees, many Read more..
View Profile | Carlton Catani Gardens
Catani Gardens are recognisable in photographs for their avenues and rows of palm trees right on the St Kilda foreshore.
Reflecting St Kilda’s past life as a continental-style seaside resort, the Catani Gardens comprise some six hectares of magnificent landscaped gardens.
H Read more..
View Profile | St Kilda Caulfield Park
Caulfield Park is a very large open park space in south-east Melbourne.
It provides recreational opportunities for a wide range of users. These include casual users as well as tennis,bowls, soccer, cricket, lacrosse, recreational walking on a surrounding walking track and a l Read more..
View Profile | Caulfield Caulfield Racecourse Reserve
Caulfield Racecourse Reserve is parkland, public recreation and horse racing.
It could be Melbourne's best kept secret: about 15 MCG's worth of open space in the heart of inner suburbia.
Most people wouldn't even know they could stroll right in – past the Caulfield Racecour Read more..
View Profile | Caulfield East Central Park | Malvern East
Central Park - Burke Road, Malvern East
Covering almost 19 acres, Central Park is decoratively embellished with avenue trees, shrubs and flowerbeds and adjoined by an open oval for cricket and other team sports. The park's features include, a fun and fitness track and playgrou Read more..
View Profile | Malvern East Civil Twilight End
Striking for the first time last night, Civil Twilight End is a bronze bell devised by artists Kate Daw and Stewart Russell that will ring each day at the end of civil twilight — when the sun has dipped below the horizon but the sky is still light.
“A bell tolling at this rom Read more..
View Profile | Docklands Cloudehill
DIGGERS GARDEN SHOP
ART IN THE GARDEN
Made on an easterly slope at the top of the Dandenongs, Cloudehill is at an altitude of 580 metres.
The garden has deep volcanic loam soil and 1.25 metres of rainfall. This falls most of the year, thou Read more..
View Profile | Olinda Coburg Lake Reserve
At Coburg Lake Reserve there is Coburg Lake, playground, bbq facilities, walking and bike paths, weir, all opposite the old Pentridge Prison.
Several playgrounds include the cleverly decorated Outdoor Lounge and the Doug Hull Space Adventure playground. The main parking area f Read more..
View Profile | Coburg Como Gardens
Como Gardens in the Dandenong Mountains is a beautiful historic garden established in 1873.
The garden holds two collections of plants, Magnolia and Prunus, which are registered with the Ornamental Plants Collection Association of Australia. There are over fifty-five Read more..
View Profile | The Basin Coranderrk
Coranderrk was a Government reserve set up in 1863 for Aboriginal people who had been dispossessed by the arrival of Europeans to the state of Victoria.
The reserve was closed in 1924, with most residents removed to Lake Tyers Mission. Five older people refused to move and con Read more..
View Profile | Healesville Cremorne Gardens
Cremorne Gardens was a pleasure garden (amusement park) established in 1853 on the banks of the Yarra River in Richmond and closed in 1863.
Cremorne Gardens was created by James Ellis who had earlier established similar gardens of the same name on the banks of the River Thames Read more..
View Profile | Cremorne Docklands Park
Docklands Park – a green place, a description by its developers VicUrban.
Docklands Park is a softer, greener area suitable for passive recreation, but importantly a great area for kids (big and little).
It is a major contemporary park for Melbourne and includes large area Read more..
View Profile | Docklands 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 Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Doongalla Homestead Picnic Grounds
Doongalla Homestead was built in 1892, originally named 'Invermay' by the first owner, Sir Matthew Davies. The homestead consisted of 32 bedrooms and servants quarters and was situated on a parcel of the 279 hectare lot of land.
In 1908 'Invermay' was bought by Miss Helen Sis Read more..
View Profile | The Basin Earimil Gardens
Earimil Gardens offers 3 acres of manicured colourful floral artistry superbly located at Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula.
Elaine and Reg Smith invite you to their magnificent private and colourful 3 acre garden overlooking Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne's skyline.
Gro Read more..
View Profile | Mount Eliza Edinburgh Gardens
Edinburgh Gardens in North Fitzroy is one of Melbourne's best and most popular parks. Every weekend there is something happening in the gardens, whether it be a BBQ, group get-together, kick to kick of the footy, skate board riding, meeting point for the Naked Bike Ride, you nam Read more..
View Profile | Fitzroy North Edwardes Lake Park
Edwardes Lake Park is a 26 hectare district park, the second largest in the Darebin municipality after Bundoora Park, providing the setting for the 6.3 hectare Edwardes Lake.
The lake is a part of the Edgar’s Creek catchment, which is a stream of Melbourne’s Yarra River. The l Read more..
View Profile | Reservoir Elsternwick Park | Sportscover Arena
Elsternwick Park covers 90 acres between Glenhuntly Rd, Head St, New St and St Kilda St Brighton including a sports oval, parkland and lake.
The reserve served as the Elsternwick Racecourse from 1880-1891. A public reserve, which includes a nine-hole golf links, a tennis club, Read more..
View Profile | Brighton Emerald Bank Adventure Park
Open 10.00 - 4:30pm weekends
7 days during school holidays.
Closed public holidays.
Emerald Bank Leisure Land is a family friendly destination with plenty to see and do.
Whether it is shopping, adventure or relaxation you are looking for, the Emerald Bank complex has s Read more..
View Profile | Kialla Emerald Lake Park
Emerald Lake Park is a park for all seasons and a delightful destination for absolutely everyone.
With two beautiful lakes, Lake Treganowan and Nobelious, and 50 hectares of rolling parklands, Emerald Lake Park offers discovery, enjoyment and relaxation.
With free entry and Read more..
View Profile | Emerald Enchanted Adventure Garden
Everyone from kids to kids-at-heart are invited to discover the Enchanted Adventure Garden.
The Enchanted Adventure Garden is an award winning natural attraction nestled in the beautiful hinterland of Arthurs Seat. From humble beginnings, it has grown into a wonderland of maze Read more..
View Profile | Arthurs Seat Enclave Wetlands
Set to be a major health and environmental asset for thousands of residents, a new 2.5 hectare park and wetlands sanctuary worth more than $6.8 million has opened at Enclave, Ascot Vale.
Located just seven kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, the open space addition to Mirvac’s E Read more..
View Profile | Ascot Vale Endeavour Fern Gully
Endeavour Fern Gully provides visitors with a glimpse of the original natural environment of the Mornington Peninsular.
It includes 17.5 hectares of natural indigenous bushland that has natural regrowth of many indigenous middle and ground story plants and a lush fern gully. I Read more..
View Profile | Red Hill Enterprize Park
Enterprize Wharf located in Enterprize Park commemorates the spot where the first settlers aboard the good ship Enterprize went ashore to establish a settlement on 30 August 1835.
The landing point on the north bank of the Yarra River is the site of Melbourne Day celebrations, Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Fairies Tree | Fitzroy Gardens
The amazing Fairies Tree is located in the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne.
Ola Cohn's Fairies Tree, comprising a series of lovely carvings on the stump of one of the original Red Gum trees in the Fitzroy Gardens, well over 300 years in age.
From 1931 to May 1934 - Victoria's Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Fawkner Park | South Yarra
Fawkner Park is named after Melbourne's co-founder, the Hon. John Pascoe Fawkner, and was created in 1862 comprising 100 Acres (40 Hectares).
In the 1890s sections of the park were set aside for up to ten different sporting activities, ranging from golf to football, so people Read more..
View Profile | South Yarra Ferny Creek Ornamental Gardens
The Garden is about four hectares in all, with numerous distinctive features.
On the western side of the Hall (towards the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve) the ‘old’ garden is dominated by large Mountain Ash and Mountain Grey Gums. Extensive collections of Rhododendrons, Magnol Read more..
View Profile | Sassafras Fitzroy Gardens
Fitzroy Gardens was named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, Governor of New South Wales and Governor-General of the Australian Colonies.
The Gardens have a long history of over 150 years, few other capital cities can boast such a significant garden so close to the City's ce Read more..
View Profile | East Melbourne Flagstaff Gardens
Flagstaff Gardens forms one of Melbourne's most historic sites dating back to the early settlement of Melbourne.
Features include lawns and trees with two significant avenues of trees and two remnant boundary rows of trees. They contain floral and shrub beds, tennis/sports co Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Flinders Park
Renamed to Melbourne Park, not a very popular decision.
Tram from Cnr of Batman Avenue and Flinders Street, Melbourne.
View Profile | Melbourne Forest Glade Gardens
Forest Glade is recognized as one of Australia's finest private gardens. It has existed for almost one hundred years.
Located on the southern slopes of Mount Macedon in Victoria, this magnificently landscaped garden covers fourteen acres (5.6 ha) and has four distinct themes:
View Profile | Mount Macedon Gordon Reserve - City
Located in Spring St, Melbourne near the Parliament buildings, it was named for Adam Lindsay Gordon. Also in the reserve is a plaque commemorating the completion of cable-laying between Melbourne and Sydney by the Postmaster-General Department (PMG). This department was later div Read more..
View Profile | Melbourne Gumbaya Park
Come to Gumbuya Park, nature's playground where a unique blend of natural and man made attractions makes for a memorable family outing.
Gumbuya Park was originally a pheasant farm which was converted into a wildlife park in 1978 by Ron Rado.
Paddle boats, childrens playgrou Read more..
View Profile | Tynong North Harpley’s Cultural Adventure Park
Harpley, is a Lend Lease community.
An abundance of open space at Harpley ensures every member of the family can get active and inspired or simply relax in the tranquil natural surrounds.
On completion, Harpley will feature more than 100 hectares of open space Read more..
View Profile | Werribee Hedgend Maze
Hedgend Maze and Laser Strike.
A beautiful 20 acres of stimulating, fun filled activities for all ages.
Hedgend offers a unique environment that stimulates a fun personal journey for everybody.
If you love being active, run through our mazes and play unlimited minigolf, Read more..
View Profile | Healesville Herring Island
Herring Island | Environmental Sculpture Park is accessible only by boat, 3.2 hectares in size, is just 3 km from the city located in the Yarra River.
This informal parkland has provided the inspiration for curator Maudie Palmer to develop a concept in which artists are commi Read more..
View Profile | South Yarra Islands in Victoria
People are surprised to discover Melbourne has two islands and Victoria has 28 in total.
-:- Beveridge Island (Murray River)
-:- Coode Island (Yarra River)
-:- Gunbower Island (Murray River)
-:- Herring Island (Yarra River)
-:- Pental Island (Murray River)
View Profile | Melbourne Jells Park
Jells Park in Wheelers Hill is an oasis in the suburban hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Located on Dandenong Creek it is abundant with native plants and wildlife. Jells Park has so much to offer with over nine kilometres of paths and trails, and hectares of wide open spac Read more..
View Profile | Wheelers Hill JJ Holland Park | Kensington
J J Holland Park is named after John Joseph Holland, a former Labor parliamentarian who campaigned for the development of social welfare schemes.
Holland Park, as it is commonly called, is freehold land owned by the City of Melbourne and was originally developed throughout th Read more..
View Profile | Kensington Karkarook Park
Karkarook Park in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs has been developed as a recreation and wetland area.
Karkarook Park is revegetated with indigenous plants, the 15 hectare lake is a good spot for canoeing, kayaking or sailing. Explore the park on foot or bike on 6km of trai Read more..
View Profile | Moorabbin Lake Wendouree
Lake Wendouree is an artificially created and maintained shallow urban lake on the outskirts of Ballarat.
Since 1864, when a rowing course was first cut through the reedy swamp, it has been carefully nurtured by council and public spirited citizens. There is probably no bette Read more..
View Profile | Ballarat Lillydale Lake & Park
Lillydale Lake is open at all times and has a range of facilities and activities to suit everyone, including an all-abilities playground, outdoor fitness station, walking tracks, fishing jetties, BBQ's, picnic shelters, sandy beach areas and public toilets.
Lillydale Lake (r Read more..
View Profile | Lillydale Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail
The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is an iconic 40 km recreation trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail follows the path of the historical railway line through the stunning Yarra Valley starting behind Lilydale Railway Station and finishing in the Warburton tow Read more..
View Profile | Lilydale Malahang Park
Malahang Reserve has a great range of playground equipment spread across a large area including a new Skate Park and BMX dirt-track.
Includes a real zip line with poles like a beginners ski lift, another zip line with a seat with harness, huge double pyramid rope climbing fram Read more..
View Profile | Heidelberg West Melbourne City Square
Melbourne City Square located opposite Melbourne Town Hall has been the heart and meeting place of Melbourne for many years.
Before Federation Square took over as Melbourne’s central meeting place, City Square was the city’s central piazza.
Bordered by Swanston and Collins Read more..
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