NileGuide Expert Says:
Always green, Melbourne’s Carlton Gardens are the perfect place for a picnic stop between shopping in nearby Fitzroy and visiting the Melbourne Museum.
3053 Melbourne, Australia
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Offering some green relief from the nearby Central Business District (CBD), Carlton Gardens remains a lush refuge despite Melbourne's penchant for drought. Giant oak trees sprawl over the 15.92 hectare park, where the young meet for impromptu games of soccer and ducks delight in picnic left-overs.
Straddling Melbourne's CBD and the über cool inner-city suburbs of Fitzroy and espresso haven Carlton, Carlton Gardens can easily slide into your itinerary.
Also home to the Melbourne Exhibition Building and the Melbourne Museum, complete with colourful, rubix cube-esque architecture that injects a shot of rainbow into the green surrounds, the World Heritage listed Carlton Gardens offers more than just a nice place to picnic and throw the Frisbee.
Photo courtesy of Carlton Gardens