Great Melbourne Parks hike: Shrine to Flemington

The Shrine, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne

Great Melbourne Parks hike: Shrine to Flemington

The Shrine, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
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2 h 49 m
11.31 km
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This great urban hike takes in Melbourne's best green spaces - Botanic Gardens, Yarra Park, Fitzroy Gardens, Carlton Gardens, Princes and Royal Parks! Break it up with coffee and cake on Lygon St!

Great Melbourne Parks hike: Shrine to Flemington

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This great urban hike takes in Melbourne's best green spaces. It's public-transport friendly, starting at the Shrine of Remembrance (take a tram along St Kilda Road from the city) and finishes at Flemington Bridge station (Upfield Line).

Thanks to Melburnian Steve Frazzetto for suggesting this great walk as part of a story in The Sunday Age.

Highlights: Royal Botanic Gardens, the lovely Morrell Bridge over the Yarra, Melbourne’s sport arena precinct (including MCG), Fitzroy Gardens, Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building, Lygon Street coffee and cake pit-stop, Princes Park, Royal Park.

A big thank you also to Jim Zapsalis (Photographer, Instagram @Walking_Perspective) for allowing us to use many of his photos for this map.


Points of Interest

1. The Shrine (Photo: Wolf Zimmermann)

A great place to start: Built in 1934, the Shrine is the Victorian state memorial to Australians who have served in war and peacekeeping operations.

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2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Any route through these beautiful gardens will be rewarding, but head towards the Anderson Street / Alexandra Avenue corner for the next stage of this walk.

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3. Historic Morell Bridge (Photo: Jim Zapsalis)

Use this beautiful, car-free bridge to make your way across the Yarra (and check out the views towards the city while you're at it).

4. To the MCG (Photo: Jim Zapsalis)

Use one of the pedestrian bridges over the train lines to cross over to Yarra Park, home of Australia's largest sports ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

5. Fitzroy Gardens (Photo: Jim Zapsalis)

A favourite city garden for many Melburnians is the Fitzroy Gardens. So many delightful pockets to explore if you have the time.

6. Carlton Gardens (Photo: Jim Zapsalis)

Home of the impressive world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum.

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7. Lygon Street: Coffee? Gelati? Cake?

You've worked up a healthy appetite. Time for a food break! There are many great cafes, restaurants and gelati bars to choose from along Melbourne's most famous Italian strip.

8. The University of Melbourne (Colleges)

Admire the beautiful and varied architecture of the college buildings along here, still home to many students at the University of Melbourne.

9. Princes Park, Carlton

Another of Melbourne's generous green spaces to enjoy! Princes Park is home to the Carlton AFL club as well as many great spaces for recreation.

10. Capital City trail underpass (Royal Parade)

You needn't bother crossing busy Royal Parade - just follow the Capital City trail (aka Inner Circle Rail trail) to go under the road. Take the path to the right of photo.

11. Royal Park (Melbourne's largest)

If you're in a hurry stick to our red route but if not take the time to fully explore this park. Pictured is the memorial to ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills. See our Royal Park walk in link.

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Local Treasures Local Treasures
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