Such variety! As with all good parks, the runners, walkers, doggers and dawdlers, kite-flyers, balloonists and commuters exist in harmony on this regal soil. The Native Grass Circle sounds less than astounding, and in some ways it is a bit disappointing, but for those wishing to walk laps or picnic in a more 'Pagan' setting, this is your circle of choice.
The real treats come to the West of the tram track. A particularly green oval exists neighbouring the Royal Children's, but never seems to be hosting any soccer games. Picnics or laps may be enjoyed here.
Moving further North, the 'Billabong' zone is perhaps too dramatically named, but it is sweet. Secluded benches and foliage galore makes this potentially the ideal setting for an after-school snog, but so far I've been lucky to avoid this.
Crossing Macarthur Road takes us to the 'backyard' of the State Hockey and Netball Centre. It's divine. Picnics again would be perfect in the grassy expanse overlooked by the Urban Camp facilities. No one has ever been there on my visits, which is a sad thing, given the park's beauty, but great for those desiring a less tourist-laden patch.
Royal Park also boasts numerous BBQ areas, particularly to the East of the Zoo, and is generally a very under-valued quarter of our City. As the recent campaign for restoration works pleads, 'Return to Royal Park!'
And the runners are much less intimidating than the Princes Park professionals.