Parliament GardensThis small triangular park is a pleasant respite at the Spring Street end of Town, with views of Parliament House, St. Patrick's Cathedral, St Peter's Eastern Hill, the Old Synagogue, the Old Baptist Church and the Eastern Hill Fire Station.
The Coles Fountain in these gardens is unusual because you can walk inside the curtains of cascading water - a pleasant experience on a hot Melbourne day.
Parliament House Gardens
The gardens in Parliament House have restricted access. You may get to see them on the occasional open day Alternatively, get yourself invited to a garden party - all you have to do is many years of charity work or become a top achiever in your field.
The garden, designed by William Guilfoyle, is in the European style which befits its surrounding buildings. The garden was originally larger, but in 1934 the area now known as the Parliament Gardens (see above) was donated to the Melbourne City Council as a public reserve. The garden also contains a tennis court and bowling green for the use of members.
Within the garden you can find The Federal Oak - planted in 1890 by Sir Henry Parkes - as well as a plaque commemorating Vida Goldstein's election to parliament. There is also an 'oriental-style' pavilion that may be familiar to some from photographs of the 1890 Australian Federation Conference.
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