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.
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.
Snails are unlikely pin-ups but here they seem to be appreciated a little more than usual.
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.
A few yarn bombers have been helping to decorate this area so lookout for their colourful creations.
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!
A colourful playground to let your little ones run wild (if you've got kids to entertain).
Oh, there's lots of trees, shrubs and grasses. Thanks to council for making this area a gorgeous place to walk!
Now that's a creative use of a lamp post!
Beans, herbs and flowers growing on the nature - looks good enough to eat! A lovely addition to the nature strip.
A curved roof, how clever!
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).
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.
A lovely place to sit and rest if you need a break (there are a few benches around here).
This is the train station closest to the Zoo.
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).
Fancy a tour of the zoo? Buy your tickets here.
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!
Looks like the secret woods walking though this part.
A great view of the city from the grasslands.
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.
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.
This little lake attracts birds, frogs and other creatures. We saw a duck and stork on the day we visited.
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.
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.
You can let your dog off the lead on Poplar Oval as long as there are no organised sports activities on).