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.
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.
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...