Parks in Melbourne
Flagstaff GardensRoyal ParkQueen Vic Gardens - Floral ClockRBG - TanRoyal Botanic GardensBuluk Park

Venture a little further and discover the beauty of Melbourne's other major parks, all easily accessible by public transport.

Flagstaff Gardens

A small garden at the western end of the city, the natural hilltop in the gardens was an important site in colonial Melbourne. As well as a signal point between the town and the ships arriving in the bay, the hill was also the first location for an observatory and a cemetery (neither of which are present today). Today it is a popular lunch spot for city workers, for both relaxation and exercise.

How to get there

  • Take the City Circle or Route 30 tram from La Trobe Street to Stop 3 – Flagstaff Station
  • Take the Route 58 tram from William Street to Stop 7 – Flagstaff Station

Royal Park

Featuring large expanses of Australian vegetation, Royal Park is a place to breathe fresh air and see and hear the birds. At the western end is the Royal Melbourne Zoo, State Hockey Netball Centre and the Trin Warren Tam-boore wetlands, a popular bird-watching spot that's also a stormwater collection and re-use system.

The eastern end of the park is within easy reach of the city. Points of interest include the Grassland circle, the cairn marking the departure spot of the 1860 Burke and Wills expedition, and the Australian native garden, designed by landscape architect Grace Fraser and opened in 1977.

How to get to the western end

  • Take the Route 58 tram from William Street to Stop 25 – Melbourne Zoo
  • Take the Upfield line train to Royal Park Station

How to get to the eastern end

  • Take the Route 19 tram from Elizabeth Street to Stop 13 – Gatehouse Street/Royal Parade

Queen Victoria Gardens and the Domain

Queen Victoria Gardens is opposite the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road. To honour the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, a Memorial Statue Fund was established, and the imposing statue which graces these gardens is the result.

Artworks, rose gardens and decorative ponds also abound in this pretty garden. The floral clock sits at the corner of St Kilda Road and Linlithgow avenue.

How to get there

  • Take any tram along Swanston Street, heading south along St Kilda Road

Royal Botanic Gardens and Shrine Reserve

Continuing south along Linlithgow Avenue, you’ll pass many statues and memorials, Government House, the Shrine of Remembrance and the main entrance and visitor centre for the Royal Botanic Gardens.

These gardens are internationally renowned for beautiful landscapes, sweeping lawns and the range and number of botanical species in cultivation. It is also a centre of excellence for plant science research and conservation.

How to get there

  • Take any tram along Swanston Street, heading south along St Kilda Road

Buluk Park – Victoria Harbour, Docklands

At Docklands, the edge of Port Phillip Bay and the former maritime history of Melbourne can be explored. The Library at The Dock is a great place to start. Buluk Park, at the front of the library, provides great views of the mouth of the Yarra River, as well as open lawns and a children's playground.

Buluk means 'wetlands' in all language groups of the Kulin Nation. The park name signifies the original landscape of this part of the bay.

How to get there

  • Take the Route 11 or 48 trams from Collins Street to Victoria Harbour

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