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8 Interesting Water Features in Melbourne

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by Pauline (subscribe)
Published July 1st 2013
Explore the delightful fountains around Melbourne
Exhibition Fountain, Hochgurtel Fountain, Royal Exhibition Building, carlton gardens,
Exhibition Fountain a.k.a. Hochgurtel Fountain @ Royal Exhibition Building

1. Exhibition Fountain, Royal Exhibition Building
Designed by sculptor John Hochgurtel, the fountain is also known as Hochgurtel fountain. It was built on the south side of the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens - a world heritage site. Standing at ten metres tall, the colossal fountain has characteristics of Victorian-era architecture.

Ornamental Lake, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building
Ornamental Lake @ Carlton Gardens

2. Ornamental Lake, Carlton Gardens
Just a few metres away from the Exhibition Fountain is the ornamental lake featuring two water jet fountains. Similar to Hochgurtel Fountain, the lake was created for the 1888 exhibition.

Coles Fountain, Parliament Reserve Gardens, Melbourne water feature,
Coles Fountain @ Parliament Reserve Gardens

3. Coles Fountain, Parliament Reserve Gardens
This is another unusual water feature by a well known sculptor, Robert Woodward. It was specially designed for people to walk inside the 'C'-shaped fountain, encircled by curtains of cascading water. Hence, making it a photography hotspot among tourists. The fountain was a gift for the people of Victoria from G.J. Coles and Coy Limited.

Stanford Fountain, Gordon Reserve, Melbourne Water Feature, Melbourne
Stanford Fountain @ Gordon Reserve

4. Stanford Fountain, Gordon Reserve
Carved out of bluestone from a prison quarry, this fountain was created by William Stanford - a convict who discovered his carving talent during his imprisonment in Pentridge Prison, Melbourne. The fountain is located in Gordon Reserve at the corner of Spring and Macarthur Street.

J.F. Kennedy Memorial Lake, Treasury Gardens, Fitzroy Garden, Melbourne Water feature, Melbourne attractions,
J.F. Kennedy Memorial Lake @ Treasury Gardens

5. J.F. Kennedy Memorial Lake, Treasury Gardens
The memorial was erected in 1965 featuring a bronze bas-relief potrait of the former US president sculpted by Raymond B. Ewers. It is located next to a beautifully landscaped pond and water fountain in the tranquil Treasury Gardens.

John Mockridge Fountain, City Square, Melbourne water feature, Melbourne attraction,
Random message on Mockridge Fountain @ City Square, Source:

6. John Mockridge Fountain, City Square
Sited at the edge of Collins Street in Melbourne CBD, this was a gift to the city by an architect - the late John Mockridge. It is a modern fountain wall using recycled water pumps and water-saving technology. Random messages formed out of dried leaves (e.g. see photo above) were occasionally seen on the wall delighting passersby.

The Dolphin Fountain, Fitzroy Gardens, Treasury Garden, Melbourne must-see, water feature,
The Dolphin Fountain @ Fitzroy Gardens, Source: Flickr by gervo1865_2 - LJ Gervasoni

7. The Dolphin Fountain, Fitzroy Gardens
Created by June Arnold, the Dolphin Fountain features a collection of sculpted bronze animals such as seahorses, dolphins and birds. The site of this fountain is located at the northern end of the gardens near an ornament lake.

Walker Fountain, Kings Domain, Melbourne water feature, Melbourne things to see
Walker Fountain @ Kings Domain, Source: Melbournedailyphotodaily blog

8. Walker Fountain, Kings Domain
It was named after Ronald Walker, a former Lord Mayor of Melbourne who donated this concrete fountain to the people of Victoria. Mobelt from Digregorio & Associates was the artist who built the fountain in 1981 which comprised underwater lights and streams of water.
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by Manchild (score: 0|3) 2903 days ago
I love NGV's waterwall.
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