Melbourne's best parks and squares
Melbournians remain divided on how they feel about Federation Square, even years after its construction. The square's abstract design originally left locals bemused, but it has become as much a part of the landscape as Flinders Street Station, which sits opposite. Federation Square is home to bars, cafes and entertainment complexes, and it plays host to open-air public events during the week.
Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia.
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
If you love getting back to nature or spending an afternoon in tranquil surrounds (all without venturing too far from the city), the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is the place to go. Immerse yourself among the sprawling collection of indigenous and exotic flora. Best of all, the Gardens are free to visit, though you're encouraged to make a small donation to help fund conservation efforts.
Escape from the city to the beautiful Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.
Queen Victoria Gardens
The gorgeous, leafy Queen Victoria Gardens lie opposite the National Gallery of Victoria, just across the bridge from Flinders Street Station. Home to attractions like Cook's Cottage, as well as numerous picturesque spots for a picnic or short break among the hustle and bustle of the city, this is one of Melbourne's finest and most respected urban gardens.
Queen Victoria monument in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne.
The oldest public park in Melbourne, Flagstaff Gardens was opened in 1862 and has been one of the city's most beloved and frequently visited parks ever since. The former Royal Mint, a preserved relic of the Victorian Gold Rush era, lies at the south end of the park while the north sections hosts the Queen Victoria Market.
Flagstaff Gardens are a popular green space in Melbourne city.