A great walk for people working in the northern part of the Melbourne CBD to get some exercise, green time and revitalise. It has wide paths in good conditions that are ideal for walking meetings.
Start on the corner of Victoria and Rathdowne Streets and proceed up the Western path (in the Gardens on the left hand side. The walk can be taken in either direction.
The magnificent Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Buildings is a World Heritage Site. It also includes the Melbourne Museum and IMAX Cinema. It has an impressive mix of mature Exotic, European and Australian trees. The Elm tree avenues are significant as few such plantings remain anywhere else in the world.
It is a great walk for anyone at anytime. You can see many different species of birds and in the evening you may see bats and possums too.
There are public toilets and an abundance of seats to sit, rest and watch if you have a little more time or need to talk. It is also a wonderful park for picnics.
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There a couple of ponds in the Gardens with water birds and fountains.
Museum Victoria restored the former German Garden of the Western Forecourt in 2009, it was a carpark covered in asphalt.
This fantastic gum tree gives a glimpse of the types of trees that once dotted the landscape.
A great playground to bring children to on the weekend?
How about bringing a basketball and some work colleagues for a game?
You could always stop and do some step ups onto the stone benches, that will get your blood going!
Completed in 1886 for the Melbourne International Exhibition it was the site of Australia's first Parliament in 1901
Make sure you have a look at the fountain of two embracing kangaroos that was built in 1888.
This intricate, multi-level fountain is a sight to behold.