If you are feeling caged in by the dreary winter weather, then making the most of clear evenings is a must. One fine night, after a string of cold and rainy weather, I laced up my shoes and headed for Carlton Gardens to take in the amazing architecture in all its night time glory. As soon as the sun goes down, another side of Carlton gardens is exposed. Walking down Nicholson Street under the street lights and looking at the gothic buildings transported me to another time. With the occasional bat flying overhead the experience was complete, I felt like I was in a Gotham City like setting.
After ambling down the outskirts of Carlton Gardens, one must head straight for the main piece, the Royal Exhibition Building. Walking around the Royal Exhibition Building at night time is a very pleasant experience. Apart from the occasional cyclist and jogger, you get to enjoy the view uninterrupted. Viewing the building at this time with its highlighted arches, and seeing the Australian flag fluttering under the night sky is awe inspiring.
The whole park seems to become fluorescent at night, especially the northern end. Walking down the well lit paths and admiring the skeletal looking trees provides some perfect relief from the endless hours spent inside during winter.
So grab a coat and put on a beanie and head for the Carlton Gardens in the early evening (or morning if you are that way inclined). Make sure that you don't leave it too late as there could be some undesirable characters lurking around. But stick to the well lit areas and take in some magnificent Melbourne architecture after dark. Just mind the possums!