Just north of Melbourne's trendy Brunswick Street, lies one of the largest urban parks in the Melbourne area. At 24 hectares in size, Edinburgh Gardens was designed by Clement Hodgkinson who is responsible for designing many of Melbourne's other parks such as Fitzroy Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Alma Park.
The park was established in 1862 via a land grant from HRH Queen Victoria. It the home of the historic W.T. Peterson Community Oval, more commonly known as the Brunswick Street Oval by locals, used for Australian Rules football and cricket during the summer. The Fitzroy Bowling Club is also located near the Oval. The Gardens are also home to the Fitzroy Memorial Rotunda, which was erected in 1925.
Bordered by St. Georges Road, Alfred Crescent and Brunswick Street, Edinburgh Gardens is also home to one of the enduring oddities of Melbourne park life. In the centre of the park lies an empty pedestal, which was the home of a statue of Queen Victoria for three years, before going missing in mysterious circumstances over 100 years ago. An old railway used to go through the park, with many of spurs still being visible in different places throughout the Gardens,
The design of the main walkways converge in the centre, before tailing off towards the different sides of the park itself. It is a simple place to navigate, with long lawns and beautiful trees, many of them being over 100 years old. If you are interested to play social sports, have a picnic, relax surrounded by natures wares or investigate a piece of Melbourne's history, Edinburgh Gardens is just the sort of place to get away from the often suffocating nature of the old inner city.