I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published April 23rd 2012
Who would have thought serenity and total peace could exist right in the centre of the bustling city that is Melbourne? Believe it or not, the Fitzroy Gardens is the home of such tranquillity.
These gorgeous gardens are located right in the heart of the city at 230-298 Wellington Parade. With such a central location, the gardens are easily accessible by public transport with Parliament station just a short stroll away, as well tram stops all along Wellington Parade and Victoria Parade, both which provide access directly into the gardens. Check out Metlink for more information on train and tram timetables.
The gardens offer a setting for many occasions. The beautiful trees set the scene for a relaxing afternoon or picnic lunch with family, friends, or as a couple's retreat. The iconic building neighbouring the gardens, such as the Old Treasury building and St Patrick's Cathedral accommodate for photographs, architects, engineers, or just lovers of old style building to check out the magnificent structures before taking a wander through the gardens. The all-important Melbourne Cricket Ground is just a stone's throw away from the floral paradise, a perfect stop to kick the footy around before or after the game, or an opportunity to allow the fresh air to lift your spirits after the game if your team was unsuccessful.
Of course the weather is going to play a role in how a day is spent at the Fitzroy Gardens. Sometimes that Melbourne rain and wind can detract from the beauty of nature, so this is an activity best kept away for those lovely warm days over summer, or those unexpected days of sunshine during the autumn and springs months.
With the opportunity for so many memorable moments to occur here, the Fitzroy Gardens really have the potential for anything. Keep this location tucked away in your mind for a day when the beauty of nature is inviting you in and you won't be disappointed.