Be in the great outdoors in magnificent Melbourne

The lake, the city and the reflection. Albert Park

The lake, the city and the reflection. Albert Park

Well I said I was going to give you more so this is my next installment of things to see and do in Melbourne, Victoria.  Melbourne is known for its vibrancy, food, festivals and sport, with travelers from far and wide visiting each and every year.  There is so much to see and do and there never seems to be time to do it all.  I suppose that is why I go there a couple of times each year, so I can continue to explore everything Melbourne has to offer.

With so many cafes and eateries right on our doorstep what could be better than having a great breakfast to get your day going followed by a walk in one of the many parks and gardens dotted around the city and suburbs.  There are so many beautiful parks and gardens in Melbourne but one of my favourites has to be Albert Park.

A walk around Albert Park Lake

A walk around Albert Park Lake

Albert Park is probably best known for being a great circuit for the Formula One Grand Prix which happens around March each year.  When there are no big, loud and noisy cars zooming around the lake it is a great place to walk off that big breakfast.  You can walk from the city to the park (it’s about 3kms from the city centre) if your very energetic  or you can jump on a tram which will take you within a couple of blocks so you can then enjoy a more relaxing and peaceful walk around the lake.  Albert Lake shimmers with the reflection of the city and its high-rises, it comes alive with the sounds of walkers, runners, rowers and bike riders all around you.  Ducks and sail boats glide across the river as you slowly meander around the circumference of the lake.

The walking track is a 5km circuit passing sports centres, cafes, playgrounds and bbqs.  So you can go for a quick walk or make a day of it by having a bbq or picnic, having lunch and watching the world and all its inhabitants go by (people watching is one of my favourite sports!).

Beautiful Albert Park Lake

Beautiful Albert Park Lake

Albert Park also has an Aboriginal heritage dating back many years with the flora and fauna of the area providing the Aboriginal people food, shelter and ceremonial sites.

Melbourne From Albert Park

Melbourne From Albert Park

Another great area for walking is the Domain Parklands, home to more of my favourite places for a good walk, including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance, Government House and Kings Domain.  The area is bordered by St Kilda Road and the Yarra River and is a great location for walking and cycling as well as picnicking.

One of many gardens at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

One of many gardens at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Walking through the gardens and parklands always calms and relaxes me.   It’s fun, its exercise and there is plenty of history to be learnt.  Take your time, walk through the different areas, check out the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the art works and many statues, Government House and you must not miss the Shrine of Remembrance.  A moving reminder of our past and the efforts our war heroes made so that we can enjoy the freedom we have today.

Melbourne Artwork in the Domain Parklands

Melbourne Artwork in the Domain Parklands

The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is always fun to explore.  You can get right up on the stage and you can wonder around looking at the artwork scattered throughout the grounds.  There are many statues and monuments to explore and many pathways to take.  Make sure you get a map so you don’t miss a thing.

Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Domain Parklands from the Eureka Tower

Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Domain Parklands from the Eureka Tower

The Royal Botanic Gardens, which was established in 1846 is the perfect spot for anyone who loves plants.  There is a herbarium, tropical glasshouse, forest walk, a lake and so much more.  You can spend hours wondering the gardens, sitting under trees, reading about different plant species and again just watching the world go by.

The Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance

And before you leave the Domain grounds you must visit the Shrine of Remembrance.  This moving monument was created (built between 1928-1934) so Victorians (and all Australians) could remember the loss which was felt by all after the First World War.  It is and has been a place to grieve and a place to remember, a place to learn and a place to give thanks.

A Memorial and the Eternal Flame

A Memorial and the Eternal Flame

Again, take your time, wonder through the Shrine itself as well as the surrounding gardens and forecourt.  Take time to reflect and to feel, to give thanks to all those who have fought to keep us safe and give us our freedom.

Path through Fitzroy Gardens

Path through Fitzroy Gardens

Well here’s hoping you are not all parks and gardened out as I have one more for you.  Fitzroy Gardens.  Wayne and I stumbled across this one when we were wondering around the MCG (all the AFL sports fans out there will know this iconic place!).  Again this is a great park to wonder through and maybe even enjoy a spot of lunch on the lawns.  You will see workers stopping to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and greenery during the work week and families enjoying picnics on the weekends.

Cooks Cottage at Fitzroy Gardens

Cooks Cottage at Fitzroy Gardens

Make sure you check out the lovely Conservatory and also explore Cooks Cottage for a bit of a history lesson if you like.  There are beautiful elm trees and fountains. Wonder around, enjoy the walk and breathe in the fresh air.  That is what it is all about!

The Conservatory at Fitzroy Gardens

The Conservatory at Fitzroy Gardens

So get out there, enjoy the outdoors, the exercise and all the beauty Melbourne has to offer.  And after all that exercise I’m sure you will be ready for a drink and a good feed at one of the many watering holes and eateries Melbourne has to offer.

Eat Drink Walk and Be Happy!

For more information on any of the parks and gardens mentioned refer to the websites below:

Albert Park and Lake

Domain Parklands

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Shrine of Remembrance

Fitzroy Gardens

Fountain in Fitzroy Gardens

Fountain in Fitzroy Gardens

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About DonnaRae

Let me introduce myself. I am an American born Australian bred girl with an appetite for good food, travel and a bit of adventure. My family has travelled a lot due to my dads work and I suppose this is what has given me the passion to get out there and see as much as I can and do the things I want. I hope I can bring you a bit of fun, laughter and a few good recipes. Enjoy and be happy always!
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