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Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
I am a travel writer and photographer with a passion for the great outdoors and food! I love travelling and discovering hidden gems... experience the journey on Instragram! @gypsy_compass
Published January 21st 2014
A garden that has it all
Being part of a World Heritage Site, sitting on sixty four acres and divided into two parts (axial garden at the southern part of the site and northern garden) is Carlton Gardens.

During 1880 and 1888 the southern portion of the garden become a pleasure garden with many attractions and today it is used for exhibition purposes.

Some of the beautiful flowers at the gardens...


The gardens are located on the northeastern edge of Melbourne CBD, making it the perfect lunch spot, family picnic or just a lovely stroll to take the daily stress away. The gardens are also dog friendly (dogs must be on a leash at all times).

The gardens lie in embodiment of the 19th century Gardenesque style, making it such an outstanding example of Victorian landscape design with wide-ranging lawns and an impressive display of Australian and European tree plantings such as Oaks, Elms, Cedars, Conifers, Araucarias and Moreton Bay Figs. You are sure to find that peaceful spot under the trees.

Makes the perfect stroll...


The gardens also consist of beautiful flower beds, annuals and shrubs.

There are two small lakes, three fountains, formal, ornamental palace gardens, tennis courts, and an award winning children's playground designed as a Victorian maze. The site also contains the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum and Imax Cinema.

The lakes at the gardens...


Much wildlife call these gardens home and if you are lucky you might spot a few. The wildlife known to the gardens are the brushtailed possums, ducks with their cute ducklings (can be seen mostly in spring), Tawny Frogmouths, Kookaburras, and a number of other birds.
At night the gould's wattled bat and white-striped freetail bats are found here on their hunt for insects as well as the grey-headed flying foxes which visit the gardens when the native trees are flowering and fruiting.

One of the amazing fountains near the Exhibition Centre at the gardens...


The gardens are definitely worth a visit whether you are on a lunch break and want to find a nice quiet spot to have lunch, having a picnic with the family as the kids run around the playground or want to take your pooch for a walk - either way it is certainly a garden to add to the list.

The Imax Cinema, Melbourne Museum, the award winning playgrounds, The Royal Exhibition Building and tennis courts...
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Why? For that perfect lunch break spot, picnic spot or take a stroll...
When: All year round, 24 hours
Phone: (03) 9658 9658
Where: 1-111 Carlton Street, Carlton, Victoria
Cost: Free
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