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.
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  • A wonderful garden set in the shadows of the Royal Exhibition Building, which holds many events year round. The gardens offers a nice and peaceful atmosphere just outside the CBD, perfect for walking,...  more »
  • The gardens are on the north-eastern edge of the Melbourne's Central Business District. It's an easy walk from the city centre or you can by several different trams. The Melbourne Museum and the histo...  more »
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  • MELBOURNE IS SO LUCKY TO HAVE GREEN SPACES LIKE THIS Carlton Gardens is large patch of park in the middle of bustling Fitzroy. Within it are the Royal Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum.. both well worth visiting. There is a great kids playground, a recently restored grand fountain and a some awesome fig trees. Bordered on two sides by Victoria and Nicholson Streets - both of which are tram routes and its just a short walk from Parliament train station, so its very accessible by public transport. Its an open park and has good walking paths and good access for wheelchairs. Lots of seats in the park to sit and relax.
  • Nice area. Loads of space for the kids. Great museum nearby loaded with so much stuff almost had to go around twice to take it all in. Parking under the museum was hassle free and reasonably priced. If you go into the museum and get your ticket validated the parking is discounted. Great day out .

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