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Fitzroy Gardens master plan implementation – major project complete

Water security, climate change, the need to upgrade visitor facilities and the management of heritage-listed features are some of the issues on which the community was asked to comment during a 2010 consultation process to consider future options for Fitzroy Gardens.

The Fitzroy Gardens are Melbourne’s premier gardens. The gardens’ renowned historic icons include significant elm avenues, the Conservatory, Cooks’ Cottage, the scarred tree, rotunda and band pavilion. Other highlights include the famous River God fountain, the Rill and Fern Gully, and the childhood treasures of the Tudor Village and Fairies’ tree.

Options for change were  outlined in the Fitzroy Gardens master plan review discussion paper with final directions considered by Council’s Future Melbourne in February 2011.  Council endorsed the master plan (PDF, 10.6MB).

The master plan works include:

  • installation of an underground stormwater collection tank , biofiltration garden bed and distribution tank
  • demolition of surplus depot infrastructure,consolidation of the garden depot to the western side and the construction of new depot buildings  
  • modification to the curtilage of Cook’s Cottage, including removal of the current ticket booth, removal of the millrace and change in location of the fence at the east end of the cottage garden  
  • construction of the Fitzroy Gardens visitor centre and creation of new garden featuring a new water course on the eastern side of the former depot area.

Implementation of these changes commenced August 2011 and were completed in December 2014.

Additional planting along the new water course will occur from Autumn 2015.

View plans for the new visitor centre and garden area:

The visitor centre is now open

The Fitzroy Gardens Visitor Centre provides information, interpretive display material and acts as a base for a range of programs and walks in Fitzroy Gardens. It includes a small café area. It has been designed to include a number of energy reduction features including a 'green wall' of climbers on the west side to modify the micro-climate temperature levels in the visitor centre and a system for circulating natural air for cooling in the summer, which will reduce the need for air conditioning.

Treated stormwater from the tank under the new garden area can be used in the public and staff toilets.

For further information, please contact the City of Melbourne on 03 9658 9658 or email

Fitzroy Gardens visitor centre nearing completion