"Go Gardening: Fitzroy Gardens" Fitzroy Gardens Tip by xuessium

Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne: 43 reviews and 92 photos

by xuessium

This is really a lovely place to spend some time just not rushing through, sitting on the grass and just time pass you by leisurely. (My countrymen is quite famous for zipping through gardens and parks - deeming them "worthless" as a sight)

Named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy (1796-1858), Governor of New South Wales and Governor-General of the Australian Colonies, the Gardens have a long history of over 150 years and few other capital cities can boast such a significant garden so close to the City's centre.

In the Gardens, you will find Captain Cook's Cottage, a memorial to Captain James Cook, discoverer of the east coast of Australia. The cottage was purchased by Russell Grimwade in 1933, dismantled, and shipped to Melbourne from the UK, arriving in 1934. Australian assemblers gone about the task of restoring the cottage as accurately as research and guess work would permit to its mid 18th century appearance. The cottage has undergone two modern day restorations. You'll have to pay to enter the Cottage.

There is also a lovely conservatory where you can enjoy spectacular floral displays. Opened on 13 March 1930, there are five separate displays each year and is used by tourists, schools, families and anyone who wants to capture a moment of floral beauty.

Lots more of other lovely sights to explore as well.

Address: 230 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002
Directions: The Gardens are bounded by Clarendon Street, Albert Street, Lansdowne Street, and Wellington Parade.

Getting there by public transport:
Starting point: Federation Square (Melbourne), take tram (48, 75) from Flinders Street.

othercontact: email: enquiries@fitzroygardens.
Website: http://www.fitzroygardens.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 18, 2006
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