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Parks and nature in Melbourne

Top parks

Field
“5 minute walk from home Amazing gardens for sightseeing The Tan track is a 5km walking/running circuit around Borders the Yarra.”
  • 538 locals recommend
Zoo
“The oldest Zoo in Australia. So many local animals and endangered animals there. It is a great place to visit, if you are traveling with kids. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Shrine of Remembrance is a war memorial in Melbourne and has free museum. Not very well know among people but the view of the city from this spot is the best you can get.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Park
“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, Australia. The 26-hectare site contains the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum and Imax Cinema, tennis courts and an award-winning children's playground.”
  • 114 locals recommend
Park
“Pack your picnic rug and collect some gourmet food from Acland Street before heading to the peaceful gardens for a relaxing day beneath the trees. ”
  • 121 locals recommend
Zoo
“A great family outing where you can see a large range of animals in open spaces ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“One big fairy garden! A world class garden with a maze, tree top surfing for the young at heart and lovely art scattered throughout the gardens. A ideal place to bring the family, and you can also bring a picnic basket, but there is an on site cafe. Lots of fun for the whole family.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Park
“Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most historic and beautiful Gardens. Points of interest include floral displays in the Conservatory. Cooks Cottage, a scarred tree, the Fairies’ Tree and model tudor village, sculptures, fountains and a stormwater cleaning and re-use system.”
  • 112 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s most historic and beautiful Gardens. Points of interest include floral displays in the Conservatory. Cooks Cottage, a scarred tree, the Fairies’ Tree and model tudor village, sculptures, fountains and a stormwater cleaning and re-use system.”
  • 112 locals recommend
Park
“Great spot for a picnic. 2 good quality playgrounds at either end of the park. Skate bowl. Basketball court. ”
  • 148 locals recommend
Park
“It's 160 metres away from the property. It's iconic! Cooks Cottage is located here. Loads of couples have their wedding photos taken here due to the beauty of the place.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Playground
“I ti s a beautiful garden located in inner downtown. It has a big playground for kids, and you can watch Austalia Special creature - possum here at night.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Easy 30 minute walk from The Gables through the sun-dappled greenery of Sherbrooke Forest. Features a cafe, bird feeding area and other scenic walks for all ages.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Playground
“Best free playground park in Melboure A fantastic playground with natural play elements including an area of high rope traverses, large climbing structure made from logs and ropes, water play area and landscaped areas. Catch 59 Tram from Matthews Avenue in Airport West to Tram stop 16 Harker St & Flemington Rd”
  • 9 locals recommend
Playground
“National Trust. Built in 1857 from locally quarried stone. This mill used steam driven machinery to prepare flour from grain grown around the Bellarine Peninsula. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Playground
“enjoy a pleasant stroll at the park directly across from the property :) if you go further down the road there is the Yarra River which has a bike / pedestrian path. ”
  • 6 locals recommend

Beaches

Scenic Viewpoint
“one of the Melbourne iconic place. worth for a visit and take a beautiful photo for your instragram feed!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Beach
“Visit the brightly coloured iconic Brighton Beach Boxes and for some great insta snaps! Jump on the bikes and head south along the beach bike track. You'll pass the Brighton Baths (beautiful in summer for doing some laps safely in the sea) and continue on until you get to the Brighton beach. Make sure you look for it in Google maps, as you'll need to head down a path to get there - you can't see them from the track. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Want a beach day..? Grab the beach towel from your wardrobe & get going! Catch the 109 tram towards Port Melbourne, catch from Whitman St/Clarendon St -stop 124b”
  • 11 locals recommend
Road
“Boutique homewares and surf shops, alongside big brands such as Tigerlily, Lululemon and Witchery.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Beach
“The 500 meter Frankston Pier is a local landmark of the suburb. Originally built in 1857, it has been both extended as well as repaired a number of times over the years. There is an artificial reef within casting distance of the pier that is home to a wide variety of fish. Near Frankston Pier is the arched pedestrian bridge over the mouth of Kananook Creek and a boardwalk that meanders along the beach. Public boat berthing is available on Frankston Pier for up to 48 hours at a time ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Beach
“Excellent Fish & Chips and wonderful views of the sun setting from the Black Rock Yacht Club balcony.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Beach
“Mornington is home to some lovely beaches. In fact the entire Peninsula has an abundance of perfect spots to swim, soak up the sun to simply relax.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Beach
“Port Melbourne is just down the street but if you go west for another 2 mins in the car, or 10 min walk, it get's really quiet. Great spot to relax when the sun is out.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“The 1000 Steps Walk is an institution for fitness enthusiasts across Melbourne. Making the 3km trek one of the most popular spots in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, but its steep terrain is not to be underestimated. But this suits many just fine who are often preparing to undertake the real "Kokoda Track". Created in the early 1900s, the 1000 Steps Walk was originally made from the trunks of tree ferns laid along the wetter areas of the track to make the 290 metre ascent somewhat easier. These have been replaced by a combination of wooden steps and concrete section overtime to ensure that the track can cater for users year round in all weather. Plaques along the trail depict the lives of the soldiers who fought and died on the real Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, during World War II. The steps represent the ‘Golden Staircase’, a name given by Australian soldiers to the 2000 steps cut by the Australian Army Engineers and others into the track between Uberi and Imita Ridge.” The 1000 Steps follow a creek alignment up through the wet fern gully, walkers/runners will experience filtered sunlight through the Tree Ferns and Manna Gum as they make their way up, up up. There is always a range of native wildlife to enjoy along the way from birdlife to even the odd Lyrebird. Once at the top you can take the Lyrebird Track, which makes a great return circuit, or continue on some 800m to One Tree Hill.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Trail
“Sublime views from this cliff top walk past multi million dollar houses at Sorrento.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Trail
“You can get to the Merri Creek Trail by heading East on the Capital Trail from Velo Cycles. Cycling is the way to go!!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Trail
“Nice short walks, but be prepared it’s steep coming back up the hill! Wallabies and kangaroos are frequent visitors at dusk. The rock formations are berry interesting. Easy to visit, local place that is never very busy. 15 minutes away. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Trail
“Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Silvan Reservoir Park is ideal for a great day out. Enjoy a picnic or BBQ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
  • 3 locals recommend
Reservoir
“Great walk down the fire trail to the tranquil Dam. You can then walk around the dam. It is just before you hit Main Creek Road and can be easy to miss the turn off. Look for all the mountain bikes and water tanks. It is a bit of a hill down to get there and up to come back but well worth it.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
  • 2 locals recommend