Melbourne is blessed with a wide variety of gardens, parks and natural reserves. From inner-city gardens with bustling wildlife, lakes and grasses; to suburban expanses of forrest, tall trees and bush land, Melbourne truly is home to a diverse natural environment. Melbourne also lays claim to some impressive inner-city gardens often open to the public, so why not take the whole family out and discover one of our many amazing gardens!

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  • playground, parks, kids, view, coast, beach, picnic

    Plum Garland Playground

    This beachside park is the perfect place to take the kids for a run around or simply sit back and take in the views. The well equipped playground will have the kids occupied and with picnic tables and foreshore access it makes the ideal location for a day out with family and friends.

    This beachside park is the perfect place to take the kids for a run around or simply sit back and

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  • art, albert park, parklands, park, garden, theatre, studio, gallery, market

    Gasworks Arts Park

    Gasworks is a vibrant arts precinct situated in picturesque Albert Park. This urban oasis of grassy parklands features a children's playground, free barbecues, sculptures, a formal native garden and attractive walkways. The Gasworks Arts facilities includes a 240 seat theatre, a rehearsal studio and performance space, community access tuition spaces, a darkroom, sculpture studio, painting studios, ceramics studios, and a gallery. Gasworks is also home to a farmers market on the third Saturday of every month, music festivals and the Summer Backyard Cinema.

    Gasworks is a vibrant arts precinct situated in picturesque Albert Park.

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  • gardens, botanical gardens, flowers, walks, rainforest, park

    St Kilda Botanical Gardens

    Port Phillip is known for its wide open spaces and endless skies - from the beach to the park there is so much to see. The city hides the lush St Kilda Botanical Garden, which were established in 1859 and now feature over 800 mature trees, rose gardens, extensive flower beds, an ornamental pond, gazebo, glasshouses, a nursery, a sub-tropical rainforest conservatory and plenty more to see, do or simply enjoy being amidst nature. Make sure you check out Eco Centre and the many sculptures dotted through the gardens.

    Port Phillip is known for its wide open spaces and endless skies - from the beach to the park the

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  • gardens, flowers, walks, architecture, flowers

    Catani Gardens

    Comprising six hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens and ideally situated right on the St Kilda foreshore, Catani Gardens is a must visit when exploring Port Phillip. Established in the 1920s with their grand avenues, the historic bandstand and rows of palms, they are now recognised to be of historical, architectural and horticultural importance. The gardens host numerous events throughout the year including the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship each year.

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    Comprising six hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens and ideally situated right on the St Kild

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  • garden, flowers, hume, tour

    Villa Verde

    Villa Verde is a privately owned garden that is now open for your intimate celebrations and tours. Situated in Greenvale in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, this 15 year old beautifully manicured private garden spans three acres and includes a Japanese Garden, Enchanted Forest, two lakes with a cascading waterfall, picturesque walks through garden paths, plants, flowers and 2000 rose bushes in many varieties and colours.

    Villa Verde is a privately owned garden that is now open for your intimate celebrations and tours

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  • Toorak Road, South Yarra

    Toorak Road, South Yarra

    From one end of Toorak Road to the other, it’s all about specialty shops; outstanding jewellery, handmade designs, interesting cafes, brilliant restaurants and bars, exciting galleries, designer lighting, the finest leather goods, home wares, very special gifts and a myriad of services. There are more than 300 stores with men’s and women’s fashion setting the scene. Iconic stores - It’s savvy and stylish with the best local and imported designers, hard to find, must have shoes and bags, unusual accessories, and vintage fashion. It’s a kilometre of unique stores, close to the City, Chapel Street, St Kilda beach and many of Melbourne’s art and sporting venues. Simply, the place to be...

     

    From one end of Toorak Road to the other, it’s all about specialty shops; outstanding jewellery,

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  • Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

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  • Greater Dandenong Nature Reserves

    Greater Dandenong Nature Reserves

    Explore natural indigenous bushland, untouched since the arrival of white settlers, through guided nature walks, frog watch events and torch night talks. Greater Dandenong is home to some beautiful nature reserves showcasing untouched natural bushland. Join our rangers for a guided tour to learn about the many indigenous plants and native animals that live in our neighbourhoods.

    Explore natural indigenous bushland, untouched since the arrival of white settlers, through guide

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  • Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

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  • Williamstown Botanic Gardens

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens opened in 1860 are one of Victoria’s first public gardens. The gardens are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as significant for their historical, aesthetic, scientific and social significance to the state of Victoria. Nestled by the sea, complete with rare and significant trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental pond amongst its many attractions, the gardens provide a peaceful setting.

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens opened in 1860 are one of Victoria’s first public gardens.

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  • Yarra River

    Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.  Head down to the banks of the Yarra River and take in the spectacular views of the river and the city skyline in the back ground, the best spot for this is near the Royal Botanical Gardens. 

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  • Kellybrook Winery

    Kellybrook Winery

    An abundance of real style and personality. Kellybrook, on the edge of Melbourne's Eastern suburbs, is a lovely oasis in the old Yarra Valley orchard belt. Set amongst lush vineyard and beautiful gardens, the winery offers an authentic wine-tasting experience. A lovely day for any couple or group of Friends, a winery tasting is always a great way to catch up with friends or a loved one! 

    An abundance of real style and personality.

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  • Walking and Cycling Trails in Whitehorse

    Walking and Cycling Trails in Whitehorse

    Whitehorse has an abundance of walking tracks and bike routes that are suitable for all different levels of fitness and of different lengths. With trials located all throughout the municipality, there are many options for cyclists and walkers to explore stunning scenery, picturesque views and beautiful landscapes that Whitehorse has to offer.

     

    Whitehorse has an abundance of walking tracks and bike routes that are suitable for all different

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  • Willow & Co Floristry, Niddrie

    Willow & Co Floristry, Niddrie

    There are many reasons to shop at this local treasure. The Bloom Bar offers an exciting array of flowers for any occasion and adds to the fun, bright atmosphere in the store, and there are also gifts on offer such as picture frames, terrariums and candles.

    Don't miss Willow & Co's weekly market fresh bunches – a beautiful bunch of the freshest flowers to treat yourself or a special someone.  

    There are many reasons to shop at this local treasure.

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  • Footscray Park

    Footscray Park

    Located on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Footscray Park is a picturesque space to relax and play. It is one of the largest and most intact examples of an Edwardian period public garden in Australia, with formal and informal pathways, garden beds and pergola. Designed in 1911 by noted architect Rodney Alsop, Footscray Park is now heritage listed. Some of its hidden treasures include the Henry Lawson memorial, platypus fountain and a shelter built by Footscray Technical School.

    The 15-hectare park provides beautiful views across the Maribyrnong River to Flemington Racecourse and features playgrounds, large open spaces, barbecues, an outdoor stage, ornamental ponds and disabled public toilets. The park is also host to a number of events throughout the year.

    Located on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Footscray Park is a picturesque space to relax and

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  • Toorourrong Reservoir Park

    Toorourrong Reservoir Park

    Toorourrong Reservoir Park is a 12–hectare scenic reservoir park situated 4km north-east of Whittlesea Township. It's the perfect place for picnics and gatherings, viewing the reservoir, taking short walks with family and friends and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The kids will love the stepping stones across the water, the ornamental lake and grassy spaces to run and jump.

    Toorourrong Reservoir Park is a 12–hectare scenic reservoir park situated 4km north-east of Whittlesea Township.

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  • Maribyrnong River

    Maribyrnong River

    The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Cycle or walk along the tranquil Maribyrnong River Trail (28km from the city to Brimbank Park) and take in the fantastic views of the Melbourne’s skyline and the river, while passing Flemington Racecourse, Victoria University, sporting clubs, native bushland, riverside parks and other attractions. Take a river cruise on the Maribyrnong and enjoy the scenery and commentary.

    The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.

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  • Pipemakers Park

    Pipemakers Park

    Pipemakers Park is a great place for a family outing. Located in the Maribyrnong River valley, it is a historic pipemaking industrial site that has been transformed into a park and wetlands.
    The park is home to the Living Museum of the West, which has self-guided tours and hosts a number of exhibitions, activities and special presentations on the cultural history of western Melbourne and the Maribyrnong River.
    There are plenty of recreational facilities to enjoy. Have a picnic or barbecue, try fishing for bream from the wharf, go for a river cruise on the Maribyrnong River or sit and relax in the pioneer women’s shelter. You can canoe downstream or walk or cycle on trails in both directions along the Maribyrnong River.

    Pipemakers Park is a great place for a family outing.

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  • Two Beans and a Farm

    Two Beans and a Farm

    The 1860s bluestone Carome Homestead in Mernda, nestled along the banks of the Plenty River, has been artfully restored and is now a restaurant, perfect for the whole family. Two Beans and a Farm is a hidden gem offering delicious meals made from home grown produce.  It’s the perfect escape.

    The 1860s bluestone Carome Homestead in Mernda, nestled along the banks of the Plenty River, has

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    Melbourne Walks

    Arguably the best way to explore the city is simply on foot! Take a stroll through some of Australia’s most beautiful parks or take in city and river views with a walk along the Yarra. For a uniquely Melbourne experience, choose the laneway route or marvel the city’s best creative and sporting achievements. Explore Victorian architecture and discover the classic cosmopolitan CBD. Get your specialised self-guided tour map by clicking ‘More Info’ and strap on your walking shoes.

    Arguably the best way to explore the city is simply on foot!

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  • Tracks and trails

    Tracks and Trails

    The Nillumbik Shire trails network provides a great opportunity for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy the Shire's natural and cultural heritage. Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the 25 kilometres of urban trails, 6 kilometres of rural trails and many informal trails that run throughout Shire of Nillumbik. Urban trails link to the Melbourne Metropolitan Trail Network and include the Diamond Creek Trail, the Plenty River Trail and the Aqueduct Trail. Other trails of interest include the Heidelberg Artists Trail, Heritage Walks and the Gawa Wurundjeri Aboriginal Resource Trail.

    The Nillumbik Shire trails network provides a great opportunity for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy the Shire's natural and cultural heritage.

  • Heidelberg, Artists, Walk, Cycle, Nillumbik, Warrandyte

    The Heidelberg School Artists Trail

    The trail consists of 57 interpretive signs celebrating the artists of the Heidelberg School who lived and painted in this area. It is a self-drive, cycling or walking trail that stretches from Heidelberg through Nillumbik, through to Warrandyte and to the Dandenongs. For a brochure call 13 19 63. 

    The trail consists of 57 interpretive signs celebrating the artists of the Heidelberg School who lived and painted in this area

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