Carlton - Scenic route from Park St to Royal Parade

478 Lygon St, Carlton North VIC 3054, Australia

Carlton - Scenic route from Park St to Royal Parade

478 Lygon St, Carlton North VIC 3054, Australia
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59 m
3.95 km
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A delightful walk from Park Street in Carlton to Royal Parade. Includes grasslands, native gardens and the Zoo! There are two off-leash areas for dog-walkers at Princes park and Royal park.

Carlton - Scenic route from Park St to Royal Parade

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This is a lovely walk that takes you past several areas that have undergone extensive Indigenous revegetation.

Public toilets are available at Princes park, the Zoo, the Golf course and a new toilet block was being built at the end of the route (near the lake at Walmsley House).

You can take this walk using public transport. Begin at Park Street (tram route 1 to East Coburg to or from the city gets to you there). The walk ends at Royal Parade (Tram 19), where you can hop on a tram back into the city.


Points of Interest

1. Snails rule!

Snails are unlikely pin-ups but here they seem to be appreciated a little more than usual.

2. Look out for cyclists

This is a shared path so please keep left. Some cyclists are polite and ring their bell to let you know they\'re coming while others zoom past.

3. Knit it

A few yarn bombers have been helping to decorate this area so lookout for their colourful creations.

4. North Carlton Railway Station Neighbourhood House

A little sign to let you know that you can drop into the Neighbourhood House for a spot of yoga, singing, dancing and much more!

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5. Playground

A colourful playground to let your little ones run wild (if you've got kids to entertain).

6. Trees, shrubs and grasses

Oh, there's lots of trees, shrubs and grasses. Thanks to council for making this area a gorgeous place to walk!

7. Basketball / lamp post

Now that's a creative use of a lamp post!

8. An abundant nature strip

Beans, herbs and flowers growing on the nature - looks good enough to eat! A lovely addition to the nature strip.

9. A funky shaped roof

A curved roof, how clever!

10. Women's Dressing Pavillion

Built in 1937, these unassuming brick buildings, track and jumping pit were constructed to provide specific facilities for women athletes (who were a novelty back then).

11. Recent revegetation work

If you're interested in helping to help plant trees in this area, contact City of Melbourne for more information. They organise occasional tree planting days.

12. Beautiful gum trees

A lovely place to sit and rest if you need a break (there are a few benches around here).

13. Royal Park train station

This is the train station closest to the Zoo.

14. A map!

At last, a map to show you what's around in the area. Always helpful to know what's to see and how to get there (or to find your bearings if like me, you've got a bad sense of direction).

15. Zoo entrance

Fancy a tour of the zoo? Buy your tickets here.

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16. State Netabll and Hockey Centre

What noises can you hear from the perimeter of the Zoo? We heard low growling as we walked towards the State Netball & Hockey Centre. Lots of birds too!

17. Walking towards the grasslands

Looks like the secret woods walking though this part.

18. Grasslands

A great view of the city from the grasslands.

19. Birds

The grasslands are a rich spot for wildlife. Here there plenty of insects and birds twittering away, looking for lunch, hanging out and doing a few fancy flights in they sky too.

20. Park pavillion

It's terrific to have this park so close to the city. Even though you can hear the rumbling of the trams nearby, it's great to escape the hustle and bustle.

21. Lake

This little lake attracts birds, frogs and other creatures. We saw a duck and stork on the day we visited.

22. The Walmsley House

A prefabricated iron house imported from England in the 1850s to house Frank Meaker's family. Frank worked as a ranger then in various roles in the Zoo. A heritage listed house.

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23. Dog off-leash area, Princes Park

If your four-legged friend is walking with you, then this path is very close to one of Princes' park's two off-leash areas.

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24. Poplar Oval off-leash area

You can let your dog off the lead on Poplar Oval as long as there are no organised sports activities on).

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Historical Interest Historical Interest
Local Treasures Local Treasures
Art and Culture Art and Culture
Coast/River/Lake Coast/River/Lake
Park(s)/Garden(s) Park(s)/Garden(s)
General General
Public Transport Public Transport
Playground Playground
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Drinking Water Available Drinking Water Available
Seating Available Seating Available
Dog off-leash area Dog off-leash area
Public toilets Public toilets
Pram friendly Pram friendly


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