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Summer may be over, but this time of year is often perfect for getting outdoors. Take a stroll among colourful autumn leaves, golden sunshine and cool, sometimes enchantingly misty air in Melbourne.Fitzroy Gardens
This quiet, green oasis on the very edge of the CBD beckons local residents and workers outside for a lunchtime ramble. From shoppers to tourists, everyone loves the avenues of English elm trees, and the fern gully with its stream and ornamental ponds. Other highlights include historic Cooks’ Cottage, and the Conservatory’s spectacular floral displays (you’ll see tropical plants and Christmas-coloured poinsettias from April to July). For more good excuses to visit, see our Discover Fitzroy Gardens blog.
Cooks’ Cottage is one of Fitzroy Garden’s must-see highlights
You’ve probably walked through Kings Domain, because it’s home to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and adjacent to the majestic Shrine of Remembrance. But have you ambled along the avenue of poplar trees, which turn gold in autumn? Or admired all the statues, from royalty to water nymphs, and the famous Floral Clock? Discovered the sacred Indigenous site, marked by the Aboriginal Burial Stone, and the monument to war hero Weary Dunlop? Now’s the time to get better acquainted with this gently undulating park between the Royal Botanic Gardens and St Kilda Road.
Royal Botanic Gardens
One of Australia’s most beautiful and botanically rich spaces, the Royal Botanic Gardens is made for wanderers, explorers and nature lovers. It’s full of deciduous trees now bright with autumn colour, and fallen leaves for kicking and jumping around in. Stroll around the ornamental lake for different views of autumn foliage (our tip: pause at Hopetoun Lawn!). Get up close to the Oak Lawn’s blazing trees. Join a free, twice-daily Autumn Discovery Tour, led by knowledgeable guides who reveal the gardens’ sometimes hidden treasures. Whatever you do, find time to enjoy this jewel in Melbourne’s crown.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Docklands Harbourside Art Trail
Sure, you’ve seen that cow-up-a-tree sculpture, but did you know there are dozens of other public artworks dotted around Docklands? Discover them all on the Docklands Harbourside Art Trail with a map from the Melbourne Visitor Centre or the free app. Several artists, including Sally Smart and RONE, provide commentary about their work on the app, available for iPhone and Android. The trail is divided into three themed 2.5km sections: ‘real and unreal’, ‘the dynamic earth’, and ‘you, us and them’.
Carlton Gardens to Lygon Street
Heading to the Royal Exhibition Building for a festival or expo, or a tour of its UNESCO Heritage-listed magnificence? Checking out the Melbourne Museum’s Vikings exhibition? Either way, you’re be headed to Carlton Gardens. It’s also home to a fab children’s playground at the north end, and 19th century formal gardens in the south. Wander among mature European trees and ostentatious Victorian-era fountains, then watch ducks gliding across ornamental lakes. From there it’s an easy stroll to Little Italy’s heart-warming charm, coffee and nosh. Go straight to the best with our Pasta lover’s guide to Lygon Street!
Stroll through Carlton Gardens on your way to the Royal Exhibition Building
If you’ve worked through this list, head to What’s On Melbourne to find out more about other beautiful parks and gardens.