Arts Centre, National Gallery of Vic and Royal Botanic Gardens - all free!

Flinders St, Melbourne

Arts Centre, National Gallery of Vic and Royal Botanic Gardens - all free!

Flinders St, Melbourne
Staff Pick
1 h 9 m
4.65 km
Intermediate

Summary

Walk over Princes Bridge to the Arts Centre, then the National Gallery of Victoria and across St Kilda Rd to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Arts Centre, National Gallery of Vic and Royal Botanic Gardens - all free!

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Description

From Flinders St Station walk over Princes Bridge to the Arts Centre. Pop in to see the 'Kylie on Stage' exhibition of Kylie Minogue's costumes and performances. If that's finished there will be another free exhibition on. Just a short stroll along St Kilda Rd is the National Gallery of Victoria. Plenty of free exhibits on or you can pay for the temporary displays. Across St Kilda Rd is the Royal Botanic Gardens. Perfect for a walk on a warm summer's day. Escape the city to read a book by the ornamental lake or pay for a punt to take you on a scenic tour.

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Points of Interest

1. Punting on the Ornamental Lake

Have a coffee and lunch at the cafe just near where the punt is available to take you on a trip around the lake

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2. Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden

Victorian premier Thomas Argyle dedicated the garden in November 1934, and in June 1935, Lady Huntingfield and the president of Women's Centenary Council, Mrs I.H. Moss, unveiled two bronze plaques.

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3. The Arts Centre spire

The Arts Centre spire taken from the garden of the National Gallery of Victoria

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4. Kylie on Stage

'Kylie on Stage' is an exhibition of fabulous costumes from Kylie Minogue's colourful career.

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5. The National Gallery of Victoria stained glass ceiling

One of the most famous parts of the National Gallery of Victoria is the stained glass ceiling in the Great Hall. People used to lie on the floor to admire it!

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6. The Lych Gate

One of the many entrances to the Royal Botanic Gardens

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7. Temple of the Winds

The temple was built in 1901 and sits on a hill overlooking The Yarra River. It is built in grey masonry, is circular and has 10 columns to support it.

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8. Government House

Government House is in a walled garden inside the Royal Botanic Gardens boundaries. The flag is full mast so the Governor is at home.

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9. Gardens House

Gardens House was once home to the Directors of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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10. Sidney Myer Music Bowl

The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is a very large outdoor venue - home to Carols by Candlelight on Christmas eve.

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11. Alexandra Gardens

Across St Kilda Rd from Hamer Hall, the Alexandra Gardens connect to Kings Domain, the Domain parklands and the landscaped Royal Botanic Gardens.

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12. Princes Bridge

Built between 1886 and 1888, the bridge is of historical importance as it represents a boom period in Melbourne.

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13. The Yarra River from Princes Bridge

This view of the Yarra River shows Southbank with Eureka Tower dominating the landscape.

14. The Ornamental Lake

A view of the Ornamental Lake close to The Terrace.

Features

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)
Public Transport Public Transport
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Drinking Water Available Drinking Water Available
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Pram friendly Pram friendly

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