Carlton Gardens, Melbourne

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The Carlton Gardens is a World Heritage Site located on the northeastern edge of the Central Business District in the suburb of Carlton, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.The 26ha site contains the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum and Imax Cinema, tennis courts and an award-winning children's playground. The rectangular site is bound by Victoria Street, Rathdowne Street, Carlton Street, and Nicholson Street. From the Exhibition building the gardens gently slope down to the southwest and northeast. According to the World Heritage listing the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Carlton Gardens are "of historical, architectural, aesthetic, social and scientific (botanical) significance to the State of Victoria."The gardens are an example of Victorian landscape design with sweeping lawns and varied European and Australian tree plantings consisting of deciduous English oaks, White Poplar, plane trees, elms, conifers, cedars, turkey oaks, Araucarias and evergreens such as Moreton Bay figs, combined with flower beds of annuals and shrubs. A network of tree-lined paths provides formal avenues for highlighting the fountains and architecture of the Exhibition building. This includes the grand allee of plane trees that lead to the exhibition building. Two small ornamental lakes adorn the southern section of the park. The northern section contains the museum, tennis courts, maintenance depot and curator's cottage, and the children's playground designed as a Victorian maze. Plan a trip to Melbourne easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • I personally love going to the different parks in Melbourne. I have been to most quite a lot, as I love to walk, sit and picnic for either just myself and my Husband or with friends and family...  more »
  • Strolled around these beautiful gardens after breakfast one morning, what a fabulous place to relax, sadly the royal exhibition building is undergoing renovations so we could not round off our visit.....  more »
  • Right next to our hotel (Mantra on the Park), we walked through the gardens several times as we caught trams around the city.  more »
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  • A great island of lush green close to the city. A wonderful place to picnic and jog. Lots of dogs to look at! Of course, the museum itself. It's free for students and a must visit. The glory of this place gets much better in the night lighting, especially the front fountain is extremely picturesque.
  • We spent about an hour and a half walking around the Gardens perimeter and then through the middle. This is a nicely set up garden with very mature trees giving beautiful shade on a green lawn. There were lots of families and folks either having a picnic or simply sitting on the grass reading a book or simply enjoying the nice breeze blowing through the park. The little ponds and the fountains are a lovely addition to the garden and adds an extra dimension to this place. We also like the fact the garden grounds connects seamlessly to the Royal Ex Building and the Melbourne Museum. The northern and north-eastern perimeter of this garden was very quiet and very shady due to the number of mature trees lining the walking path.
  • Gorgeous. Such a lovely relaxed atmosphere right in the city. Beautifully maintained. Shame some people always have to spoil it by letting their bratty kids run round screaming unsupervised and trying to chase the ducks. Most people here are just enjoying the calm, basking in the sun and watching the world go by.
  • What a wonderful experience to have. Lush green gardens and so much to do with the family. Will surely go back again as this place is very well maintained
  • Lovely, well maintained garden with very large specimen trees. Walked through it on our way to the Melbourne Museum, quite a few people there enjoying the Spring sunshine. Very clean and neat, a credit to the gardeners and other staff.
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