Royal Park is Melbourne's largest park covering 170 hectares, and its wide open spaces make it hard to believe you are still in the city.
Since its earliest days as designated parkland, Royal Park has had a strong tradition as a place for relaxation and sport, which continues today.
Stretches of open grass alternate with areas of lightly timbered eucalypt forest, home to possums and a huge variety of birdlife, including rosellas, wrens, robins and birds of prey.
Once an aboriginal camping ground, Royal Park was reserved for recreation purposes by Governor La Trobe in 1854. It is the place where the Burke and Wills expedition departed from in 1860, and was used for the stationing of troops in both the First and Second World Wars. The Melbourne Zoo has a close association with the Park, having operated from its site there since 1861.
At 168 hectares (approximately), Royal Park is the largest park in the City of Melbourne.
It is designed as an Australian native landscape, with eucalyptus and casuarina trees predominating. A variety of bush birds can be found at the Australian Native Garden, (adjacent to Gatehouse St).
An 18 hole public golf course and ovals and sporting facilities for hockey, soccer, football and netball are provided. Popular passive recreation activities include walking jogging, bike riding, kite flying and star gazing.
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ Flemington Road Parkville | Map
✆ 9658 9658
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