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Fawkner Park

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by Arthur Watt (subscribe)
I'm a traveller who is enjoying the sights and sounds of Melbourne
Published April 5th 2011

Founded in 1862 and named after the co-founder of Melbourne, John Pascoe Fawkner, Fawkner Park is one of Melbourne's oldest and largest parks, measuring at 41 hectares (101 acres) in size. It remains mostly unchanged from it's original design, giving it an air of history within a city changing constantly beyond it's borders. The parks longest diagonal, which cut through each other to create a criss-crossing shape, is 1 kilometre in length.

Some of the features of the park include a tennis club with an attached cafe, paths lined with fig, poplar, elm and oak trees, the South Yarra Senoir Citizens Centre, the South Yarra Childrens Centre and other recreational areas for a multitude of sports, including rugby, soccer, softball, cricket, and Australian rules football.

With the Melbourne CBD visible in the distance and constant public transport along St. Kilda Road only a short walk away, Fawkner Park is easily accessible for anyone wanting to pay a visit. Popular during lunch hour and during weekends for its scenic walks and calming atmosphere.

The city is a short tram ride away, and if you feel like going somewhere for a drink, the Belgian Beer Cafe is nearby if you are interested in some high class imported beer.
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Why? For tree lined paths and expansive lawns to help you ebb the stress and worry away
When: Whenever you feel like it
Where: 24-88 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Cost: Free
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