The Gardens are a wonderful oasis in the heart of the city. With lots of shade, seats, drinking fountains and well maintained, wide paths it is great for a brisk walk and/or walking meetings.
The Gardens are relatively small so you can follow this route and go around twice if you have more time, or make up your own circuit.
The Gardens contain extensive lawns with a variety of mature trees, flowerbeds and wild animals including possums. The southern end is characterised by deciduous trees, while the northern end contains mature eucalypts. Avenues of elm trees shade pathways. It contains a bowling lawn, rose beds, flower and shrub beds. Along William Street there are tennis courts, which also double as volleyball, handball and netball courts. Electric barbecues nearby provide a popular site for office parties in December. Scattered about the lawns and gardens are memorials and sculptures that illuminate some of the social significance of the area.
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The path in is wide with an even surface for walking, so it's hard not to enjoy the walk after only a few steps.
Take an optional small detour and walk up and down the steps to King St. It will get the blood pumping!
A flag staff was erected here in 1830 to signal ships and the Victorian Government was proclaimed on the site in 1850.
The historic City of Melbourne Bowls Club was founded 1866. It has a function room for 150 people and is a great venue for physically active social functions.
A great playground to bring children to on the weekend, the Victoria Market is nearby for some healthy food options too.
The Flagstaff Gardens tennis courts have two hard courts with lights. Netball and volleyball can also be played on these courts. How about organising some lunchtime matches with colleagues?
The statue was presented to the City by R. Baron Marks JP in 1930.
There are several very large Morton Bay Figs in the Gardens that are a sight to behold. You can do some step ups on the surrounding wall.
In the warmer weather the lawns are wonderful for picnics and getting a bit of green time.