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Parks and environment

Melbourne's parks, gardens and public open spaces offer a wonderful range of opportunities to make the most of your leisure time. 

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Our open spaces are diverse in size and character. They range from the major parks and gardens that define our city with classic 19th century heritage features and majestic tree-lined avenues; to the 170-hectare Royal Park with its unique bushland landscape and wetlands habitat, as well as smaller neighbourhood and local reserves.

With a network of nearly 480 hectares of internationally acclaimed parks and gardens, there is something to suit everyone.

Parks policies and plans

Parks Policy

Our vision for the city’s parkland and guidelines for their effective management.

Parks master plans

Set out the long-term vision and guide the future management of our major parks and gardens.

Domain Parklands Master Plan

The Domain Parklands is a patchwork of beautiful parks and gardens making up nearly 123 hectares.

Open Space Strategy

The overarching framework and strategic direction for open space planning in the City of Melbourne for the next 15 years.

Open Space Opportunities in North and West Melbourne

A feasibility study into opportunities to create more open space.

Plaques and Memorials Policy

This Policy covers all plaques and memorials being placed in any public space.

Map of our major parks and gardens

Major parks and gardens

Music starts. Images of Royal Exhibition Building. Map shows journey from this building past Carlton Gardens to Fitzroy Gardens.
Map then shows journey to Treasury Gardens and then Birrarung Marr. Various view of the gardens. Then Map travels past Sidney Myer Music Bowl and over to Queen Victoria Gardens.
Map then goes to Alexandra Gardens. People enjoying gardens, and then aerial view of Melbourne and the Yarra River.
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our acknowledgement

  • Torres Strait Islander Flag
  • Aboriginal People Flag

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 


We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.