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Melbourne Suburban Parks and Gardens

Green Places in Melbourne's Suburbs

Victoria prides itself as the garden state. And there's plenty of green about. Local public parks and gardens, national parks, all of them make an impressive show on the maps. Of course, they differ from beautiful shows of local or exotic plants, through almost-bald sports venues to sparce blocks of land with a bit of a play area and a seat, often on suburban sites too small for contemporary housing.

This list of parks, gardens and reserves lists those parks which appear in our map of Melbourne and Environs, and/or which are on one of the bike trails.

Note: This list is constantly being updated, contributions are welcome. Contact Ali Kayn

Remember, some historic sites also have interesting gardens.

We are awaiting corrected information from the Melbourne Parks and Waterways.

Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Albert Park, South Melbourne

Visited April, 2005
Albert Park lake, Grand Prix circuit, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Albert Park Golf Course. Dogs allowed on a leash.

Open: 24 hrs
Contact details on Parks Victoria web site


Trams 96 from Bourke St or 112 from Collins St


Aura Vale Lake Park

North of Cardinia Reservoir the lake is part of the major waterways system. Boating for small non-powered boats up to 3.3 metres. No swimming permitted due to hazards. Picnic area.

For opening hours and contact details see Parks Victoria web site

Getting there: Aura Vale Lake is approximately 2 kilometres further towards Emerald on Wellington Road. The main access area is the Henley Picnic Park.


Menzies Creek

Logo, Banksia Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Banksia Park

On the upper part of the main Yarra bike trail.

For opening hours and contact details see Parks Victoria web site


Vehicle entry is available from Templestowe Road, Bulleen


Banyule Flats Reserve

On the upper part of main yarra bike trail. Grassy wetlands. Banyule Homestead built in 1848. Ovals, playgrounds, walking and bike paths.
See also Friends of the Yarra Valley Parks.

For opening hours and contact details see Banyule local council web site


Banyule Road, Viewbank, VIC 3084

Logo, Birrarrung Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Birrurrung Park

33 hectare park at the confluence of the Plenty and Yarra Rivers. On the upper part of the main Yarra bike trail. Picnic pavilion with wood fired barbecues. Adventure playground.

For opening hours and contact details see Parks Victoria web site.


Vehicle entry is available from Templestowe Road, Bulleen


Boeing Reserve

Alongside the Moonee Ponds Creek on the Moonee Ponds Creek bike trail. Sports ground, tennis courts, barbecue facilities.

For opening and contact details see the City of Moonee Valley web site.


Boeing Road, Strathmore Heights VIC 3041


Caloola Reserve

For opening and contact details see the web site. Dog off-leash areas. See also City of Monash web site Scotchmans Run Reserve.


Oakleigh VIC, Australia


Catani Gardens

A heritage-listed palm-lined garden beside the ocean. Memorials and statues, Sali Cleve drinking fountain, barbecue facilities and playground.

For opening and contact details see the City of Port Philip web site.


Beaconsfield Parade, Saint Kilda.see map Saint Kilda foreshore area

Collingwood Children's Farm, Abbotsford, Victoria

Collingwood Childrens Farm

Entry fee applicable. Car parking available.
On the lower part of the main Yarra bike trail, part of the capital city bike trail.
Farmer's market, cow milking, feeding animals. Farm cafe (www.farmcafe.com.au).

For opening hours and contact details see Collingwood Childrens Farm web site


End of St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Getting there by train: Epping or Hurstbridge line train to Victoria Park train station. 5-10 minute walk east along Getting there by bus: 200, 201 and 207 from Lonsdale St, alight at Clarke St.
web site


Commonwealth Reserve

On the western coastal bike trail

For opening and contact details see the Hobsons Bay City Council web site.


Nelson Place, Williamstown VIC 3016


Como Park

Once the grounds for Como House, a National Trust site featuring an historic building and gardens. Looks across the river to Herring Island Park. On the Capital City bike trail.

Opening hours and contact details see Como House web site


Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra

Number 8 Toorak tram from Swanston Street


Cross Keys Reserve

On the Moonee Ponds Creek bike trail

For opening and contact details see the City of Moonee Valley web site.


Bridge St, Strathmore VIC 3041



Kalorama Lookout, Mt DandenongTourist Road

Mt Dandenong Tourist Road

Connects several gardens open to the public.


Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic 3156


Darling Park

Playgrounds, tables, barbecue.


37 Darling Park, Dunlop Street, Glen Iris


Fairway Reserve


Open: every day. Gates open to vehicles 7:30 a.m. and close

For opening and contact details see the City web site.


Forster Road, Mt Waverley


Footscray Park

Heritage listed edwardian gardens, a monument to Henry Lawson and views of Flemington and the city. On the Marirynong River bike trail.



Finns Reserve

On the upper part of the main Yarra bike trail

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Five Mile Creek Reserve

On the Moonee Ponds Creek bike trail

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Glen Iris Park

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Greenwich Reserve

On the western coastal bike trail

For opening and contact details see the web site.



HA Smith Reserve

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Heidi Park

On the upper part of the main Yarra bike trail. Features include the Museum of Modern Art, a collection of modern art built around the private collection of the Reeds.

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Herring Island Park

An artifical island created in part by early quarrying, now a recreational and conservation area under development. On the lower part of the main Yarra bike trail, part of the capital city bike trail; Open:

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Jacana Reserve

On the Moonee Ponds Creek bike trail

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Jells Park


Open: every day. Gates open to vehicles 7:30 a.m. and close 4 p.m.-dusk (4 p.m. weekdays during mid-winter, 5 p.m. weekends and public holidays extending to 9 p.m. in mid-summer)

Ph.: 9562 2960



John Pascoe Fawkner Reserve

On the Moonee ponds Creek bike trail

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Kevin Bartlett Reserve

On the lower part of the main Yarra bike trail, part of the capital city bike trail.

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Kingsford Smith Ulm Reserve

On the Moonee Ponds Creek bike trail

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Kooyong Park

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Lebanon Reserve

On the Moonee Ponds Creek bike trail.

For opening and contact details see the web site.



MCH Reserve

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Melbourne Zoo, see Royal Park




Nettleton Park Reserve

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Ormond Park

On the Moonee Ponds Creek bike trail.

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Point Ormond Reserve

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Princes Park, Melbourne, Victoria




Royal Park


Melbourne Zoo - Great Flight Aviary, Butterfly House, Bush Walk

Web site


Monday to Saturday, Northbound tram 55 or 56 from William St. Sunday only - Northbound tram 68 from Elizabeth to stop 25

St Kilda Botanical Gardens; 120x92
Saint Kilda Botanic Gardens

Featuring one of Melbourne's finest Rose Gardens
web site

Dickens Street, Tennyson Street and Blessington Street, Saint Kilda
96 tram to the Acland Street/Barkly Street junction and walk along Blessington Street or 67 tram to Brighton Road/Mozart Street junction and walk along Mozart Street.

Strathnaver Reserve

On the Moonee Ponds Creek bike trail

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Travancore Park

On the Moonee Ponds Creek bank trail

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Victorian State Rose Garden

4,500 roses from more than 100 species. Part of the 10 hectares of historic gardens which surround Werribee Park.

see Werribee Park


K Road, Werribee, Victoria.


Werribee Park

Mansion, Victorian State Rose Garden, Riverina Grasslands, Farm.

Open from 10 a.m. each day except Christmas day

Ph: 13 19 63 and

(03) 9741 2444
Fax (03) 9742 9623


K Road, Werribee, Victoria.


Wattle Park


For opening and contact details see the web site.


Take No 70. Tram


Zoo, see Royal Park


Westerfolds Park

On the upper part of the main Yarra bike trail

For opening and contact details see the web site.


Westgate bridge

Westgate Park

For opening and contact details see the web site.


Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Williamstown Botanical Gardens

Established in 1860, these gardens are just across the street from the bay. They are on the Western Coastal Bike Trail



Willowbrook Reserve

On the Moonee Ponds Creek bike trail

For opening and contact details see the web site.



Willsmere Park

On the lower part of the main Yarra trail, part of the capital city bike trail.

For opening and contact details see the web site.


yarra bend park

Yarra Bend National Park

A wilderness area in suburban Melbourne offering walks, bike paths, picnic facilities, and fly-casting pool.

Open: park is an unenclosed area.

Contact: Parks Victoria web site


By vehicle along Eastern Freeway.

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