Top 20 Gardens in Melbourne for client meetings

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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Nature & Parks, Gardens

AddressBirdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia

Phone: +61 3 9252 2300

Relaxing and Peaceful Botanic Gardens

A great relaxing place to go for a walk and inspect the many plant and tree species. Enjoyed a nice picnic near the lake after our walk. There's also some boat rides on the lake which is a nice addition to the day.

A most beautiful green space.

Tranquil, spacious and just beautiful. A short stroll from the CBD and you are surrounded by quiet. Easy walking paths and such well kept grounds. Clean and quiet.

One of the best things I saw in Melbourne.

I saw the botanical gardens in both Sydney and Melbourne. Between the two, I liked the one in Melbourne more. To me the botanical gardens in Sydney seemed a little bit too "manicured". The one in Melbourne seemed more rustic--more wild. It was nice to get away from the madness of the city and be in a peaceful place--sorta like Central Park in New York.

Garden tranquility near the heart of the city

When visiting Melbourne I always make time to visit the gardens, it is a chance to connect with nature and have a break from the busy city vibe. There are well signed walks and it is a delight to visit in different seasons.

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St Kilda Botanical Gardens

Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks

Address11 Herbert St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia

Phone+61 3 9209 6777

Well maintained gardens

Lovely stroll around the gardens, plenty to see with a vast array of trees & roses & various ferns in the greenhouse, little haven, worth a visit if in the area, loved the solar powered rain man on the pin with his umbrella ☂️.

Just beautiful

Quiet garden just off the beaten track, perfect to catch some sun and perfect place to bring some lunch. beat seat in the house right now!

Historic gardens

We have stayed in St Kilda several times and were not aware of these gardens. What a lovely surprise. Lots of lawn areas where one can picnic and play. Numerous varieties of plants and trees and the rose garden is beautiful. Some of the wrought iron gates are amazing. We walk through this park from where we are staying to get to Auckland Street precinct, a lovely walk through this well maintained park

A lovely park to sit and relax in or stroll through

The park had well maintained gardens and plenty of spots to sit and take in the surroundings. The ducks and the pond area was lovely. The Sub-Tropical Rain-forest Conservatory was interesting to wander through - look for the carp in the ponds!

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Fitzroy Gardens

Nature & Parks, Gardens

AddressWellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia

Phone+61 3 9658 9658

A BEAUTIFUL MORNING

My granddaughter and I spent 3 wonderful hours walking around these maniquired gardens. As well as spending time in Captain Cook’s Cottage, enjoying the fairy tree and the miniature Tudor English village, we loved the kids giraffe swing and elephant slide. .......so relaxing in this area

So much to see

Beautiful gardens in the heart of the city & great to meander through, so many vantage points including James Cooks house and close to the war memorial so easy to see more than attraction in close proximity, it’s hard to believe there are so many beautiful spaces & parts to visit in this cast city. Was gutted not to see any possums but even at twilight when we returned they were no where to be seen, little blighters! Lol

A beautiful place to run!!

Sooo close to the city so a great place to run at lunchtime! beautiful for a romantic stroll too and how about a picnic! I looove this park and run in it / through it, whenever I am in Melbourne!

Tranquility

I have been here many times in the past and is my ‘go to place’ to reconnect with nature. There are a number of quiet places to sit in nature with water features and many large trees. What forethought from Melbourne’s early planners to retain this as a beautiful garden space so close to the central business district. There are many paths to wander and soak it all up!

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Queen Victoria Gardens

Nature & Parks, Gardens

AddressSt Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Phone+61 3 9658 9658

Park for Her Majesty

Passed by this queenly park on our way to the National Gallery. By now, every tourist should have been accustomed to this popular queen of England whose reign saw the expansion of the British Empire. Don't miss the floral clock donated by a group of Swiss watchmakers and a statue of King Edward VII next to it.

Great place to walk and enjoy sculptures

Queen Victoria Gardens opened in 1905 a few years after her death in 1901. There is a nice statue memorial of Queen Victoria on the highest point of the garden with the Queen looking out over the ornamental lakes and lawns and rose gardens. In July the roses were not blooming but the many small statues situated around the lakes and lawns were very nice. Very pleasant place to stroll and enjoy the sights.

Spot The Sculptures

This lovely garden has an eclectic mix of statues. Apart from the Statue of Queen Victoria you can find bronzes of water children playing by the stream. The Genie' designed in the 70's which combines the characteristics of an Egyptian cat with a lion, and the hammer throwing athlete, Don't forget to check out the floral clock which you will find in many English parks. Enjoy exploring.

A little haven in the city

Really beautiful gardens with two large ponds where you can sit and relax - one has a waterfall and another has pretty statues. There is a large statue of Queen Victoria and stunning views of the city area, in amongst the beautiful flowers and trees. Also spaces on the grass to have a picnic on a nice day. Recommended.

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Veg Out Community Gardens St Kilda

Nature & Parks, Gardens
Addresscnr Shakespeare Grove & Chaucer Street, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
 
Quirky

Loved walking around this community garden. It is basically an allotment, but the people maintaining their areas have made this quirky and put lots of effort into making this a lovely and relaxing space

Giant Sunflowers!

Found this quirky community garden by accident. Hopped off tram on my first visit to St Kilda and kept walking, turned corner into suburban street and then...sunflowers! Wrought iron! Statues! Sculptures! Painted timber! Brightly coloured letter boxes! Vegies! Sheds! Butterflies! All quite surreal with the backdrop of Luna Park. If you just want to wander amongst lovingly tended plants and flowers, this is the place. Delightful. All you need is 10 mins!

Great idea

We discovered this community garden by chance. It is a great idea to have a community garden in the middle of residential/commercial area. It is obviously well organised and used by many people. Worth a visit

Excellent

Well, once you find this park, its really great for young children. Nestled inside high density Stkilda housing. Be aware that there are a number of less than desirable locals roaming around or sleeping just outside the park... as well as needle receptacles.

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Rippon Lea Estate

Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Address192 Hotham St, Elsternwick VIC 3185, Australia
Phone+61 3 9523 6095
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King's Domain Gardens

Nature & Parks, Gardens

AddressAlexandra Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Phone+61 3 9658 9658

Website: http://bit.ly/2LEztcu

Shady and green

It's been a long summer and yet Melbourne's Kings Domain park has shady trees with plenty of flowering plants and lush green grass where you can enjoy being out of the sun.Plenty of pathways to explore the Shrine, the views of Melbourne and the various historic statues. Free parking available after 12:30 on a Saturday

So much here

There is much to see here, with a number of memorials, lawns, gardens, and a fountain. There is the statue of Australia's first Governor General, the Victorian Mounted Rifles Memorial, the Weary Dunlop Memorial, and the Police Memorial. It is easy walking and there are shady areas, as well as lawns to rest on.

Showpiece for the Garden State

Victoria prides itself on being the Garden State, and the King's Domain Gardens are surely a showpiece. There are too many features to list, but amongst the most prominent are the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the Shrine of Remembrance, dedicated to those men and women who fell in defence of their homeland. Government House, a striking Italianate building, dares from the 1870s when Melbourne was Marvellous. The humble La Trobe's Cottage also played a part in Australia's development. Many memorials and statues can be found in the King's Domain Gardens. Animal life includes possums, owls, bats and rakali -- native water rats.

Beautiful Gardens

I joined a local walking club for a day last month to walk through some of Melbourne best know public gardens. We walked through The King's Domain Gardens and it was peaceful and relexing.

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Catani Gardens

Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks

AddressSt Kilda West VIC 3182, Australia

Phone+61 3 9209 6777

Summer Attraction

Medium sized park with exotic mature trees although unfortunately a few were blown over on a storm about 10 years ago and have not been replaced. I live nearby and visit the park regularly. In 2018 the original Carlo Catani designed rockery wall on the seaward side was restored. The walls purpose is to prevent any storm surge from St Kilda Harbour. The problem with vagrants camping in the part on the seawall side persists which leads to litter and rubbish. However most of the gardens is vagrant free.

Pony rides, too

I really was surprised to see pony rides here, but why not ? The Gardens have some impressive palm trees and a lot of lawn. Plenty of space on the lawns for picnic and there are water taps around the place.

Pretty Victorian Era Garden and Exotic Trees

Large gardens with huge lawns but near cafes, St Kilda Pier with evening penguin parade (free) and yacht races to view. Picnic area with BBQ and tables and is mostly peaceful but occasionally public noisy music and sporting (triathlons etc) event are held here every second or third weekends in Summer (Nov-Feb), 

Unfortunately the shelter shed at the northern end is often occupied by squatter vagrants.

Quiet escape from St Kilda

This park is nice outside of any events or festivals going on in the gardens. They have BBQ's, available water, tables, benches and on weekend pony rides for the kids. The park is decent size so one should always be able to find a spot to sit, lie and relax.

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Royal Exhibition Building

Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks

Address9 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Phone+61 3 9270 5000

A Beautiful Old Building

We visited the Carlton Gardens and Royal Exhibition Building as we were attending the Melbourne Flower Show and it is held there every year. The building is so big and has such lovely architecture along the mezzanine level and the grounds are so nice to stroll through and just a short tram ride from the centre. If you like gardens and gardening the show and location is a must.

Stunning Architecture

You cannot fail to be impressed by this stunning Victorian building. Sadly the restoration that is being done will not be completed until 2020. But have included photos from last year so you can see it in its glory.

Major Buiilding

This is one of the landmarks of the city, dating back to an old international expo, now used for various purposes. It is very grand and in a very pretty park.

Absolutely stunning !!!

Really worthwhile to see - if you get a chance to get inside you'll be more than rewarded. We attended the Melb International Flower and Garden Show and were stunned to see how large it is inside. The best part were the painted domes up above. Can't praise it enough.

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Treasury Gardens

Nature & Parks, Gardens

Address2-18, 2-18 Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia

Phone+61 3 9658 9658

Stunning gardens so close to the city

These gardens have a lot to offer. We are blessed to live in a city that values green space. In the gardens you’ll find seats, fountains. Wasted taps, beautiful grass, awesome trees (someone has great foresight) and access to both the City and the MCG. 
Not uncommon to see politicians being it reviewed here as it’s next to Parliament House. In summer his place is packed with weddings and brides/grooms getting their photos taken. Quite entertaining. 
Parking is good in Lansdowne Street. Wheelchair friendly. Kid friendly. Ideal for picnics. Food shops about a five minute walk away.

Lovely gardens leading to Fitzroy Gardens

I walked through these gardens every morning of the MCG Boxing Day Test. The highlight is the beautiful JFK memorial garden with fountain. There are lots of shady old trees & pathways.

Pleasant by the duck pond

The old trees gave their shade and the walk along the avenues was pleasant. To me the Wood Ducks (and one pacific Black Duck) were a highlight, with many teenage ducks wandering around on the lawns.

Interesting place to take a wander

It is very unusual for an Australian to be granted an hereditary honour, but Sir William John Clarke was raised to the baronetage. Clarke was the largest land owner in the colony of Victoria. His statue is in the Treasury Gardens. The gardens also have a statue to Robbie Burns, the bard of Scotland. There is also a memorial to John F Kennedy, the late US president. The garden is full of mature trees, mostly European, though the giant Morton Bay Figs will interest visitors, as will the colony of possums who live in the Gardens. The bats also come out at night. The Treasury Gardens are on the eastern edge of the CBD, near the Parliament of Victoria. The gardens are a favourite place for city workers to eat lunch. The Melbourne City Council keeps the park in good order. Treasury Gardens is one of a group of gardens that give the City some breathing space.

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Flagstaff Gardens

Nature & Parks, Gardens

Address309-311 William St, West Melbourne VIC 3003, Australia

Phone+61 3 9658 9658

Beautiful

A beautiful oasis in the middle of the city near the Queen Victoria Markets. Always filled with city workers enjoying the sun on a warm day, joggers and locals practicing tai Chi under the beautiful big tree. In the early days of Melbourne settlement the Flagstaff Hill was the highest point in the city and they would keep an eye out for ships entering the harbour - good luck seeing the harbour today!

Getting Lit with the Possums

Great place to get gacked under ‘the big tree’. Friendly possums who lick up liquid waste, with bins located near by for Fruity Lexia goon boxes and your dignity. Good for networking, can find any taste to satiate your cooking.

Famous for its view of the bay

Flagstaff Gardens offer Melbourne's highest natural viewpoint. The Gardens look out over Port Phillip Bay. In the old days, when a ship was sighted entering the port, the flag was raised. Thus, it is called Flagstaff Gardens. The Gardens are near the legal precinct and are popular with city workers letting off steam at lunchtime. The Gardens have some flower beds, and also a bowling green. The Gardens are not far from the Victoria Market. Probably the best way to get there is via the Flagstaff Station on the City Loop, .or you can get a tram.

Fun Adventure

I was at a meeting where the nighttime entertainment was a dinner at the city of Melbourne Bowls club Inside Flagstaff gardens. We had a very nice meal followed by a couple hours of lawn bowling. It was tremendous fun and a great way to spend a beautiful early summer evening in Melbourne.

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Carlton Gardens

Nature & Parks, Gardens

Address1-111 Carlton St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Phone+61 3 9658 9658

Carlton Gardens

Once again Trip Advisor has the wrong desitination as it is in Carlton, a part of Melbourne but not Melbourne CBD. It is wellworthwhile a visit and has the Royal Exhibition Buildings and the Museum. It can be easily reached bu the City Circle Tram

Nice park

Take a walk in this large park, picnic, read a good book, simply relax. To discover when you're near the place.

Relaxing walk

We were lucky enough to join in on a walking tour which led us through this garden area. We have visited previously but this time we received a commentary of the history and nature of the area. 

It sits on the Fringe of the cbd and a good way to pass some time.

Time flys

Beautiful spot! Lots of people relaxing with a picnic rug, kids at the park, people playing basketball, beautiful flowers, trees, great for photos, we made a day of it here

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St Vincent Gardens

Nature & Parks, Fun & Games

AddressAlbert Park VIC 3206, Australia

Phone+61 3 9209 6777

Website: http://bit.ly/2Y6AtHY

Beautiful Park in the best street in Melbourne.

A beautiful park between St Vincent's Place North and South. Worth taking a walk on the outside to see the parade of 1880's boom architecture. Within the park is a bowling green, tennis courts, lawns,toilets, shade trees and a good children's playground at the western end. The #1 tram to South Melbourne Beach cuts through the middle on Montague St.

Streetscape is impressive

The gardens are pleasant, with a bowling green, public toilets, shady spots, lawns, old trees and a playground. However, the old mansions that surround it are well worth a look, too.

Absolute favourite!

These gardens have been a firm favourite of mine, ever since I could walk. I love the ambience; the old, spreading trees and flowers in carpet bedding. Also the memorial to the Boer War, which is quite unusual for Melbourne, and evidence of one of the first international conflicts in which Australians were involved. It's a wonderful place, surrounded by beautiful heritage architecture. Good for a wander, or to just sit and dream, and watch the tennis players or bowlers come and go.

Good Gardens In An Interesting Area Of Melbourne

These are very pleasant gardens in an interesting part of South Melbourne in an area dotted with old Victoria houses of some significant size .The gardens are well maintained and the area is worth a look at a place so close to the C.B.D. but yet a different world. Parking can be a problem but there are two and four hour parks in the area some metered.

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Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Nature & Parks, Gardens

AddressGiffard St & Osborne Street, Williamstown VIC 3016, Australia

Phone+61 3 9932 1000

Lovely walk

lovely walk Took walk through the gardens while visiting. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. Highly recommended. Date of experience: March 2019 Williamstown Botanic Gardens 158 reviews Williamstown, Australia.

Beautiful gardens that compliment this lovely town

We spent some time strolling through these lovely gardens during our stay in cosy Williamstown. The gardens provide a great contrast to the seaside aspect of the town.

A cool spot for a picnic on New Year's Day

A well kept lawn with plenty of shade and an enjoyable picnic lunch makes this place special. A walk along the nearby sandy beach tops off a pleasant day.

Wedding

We had our wedding under the elm tree and it was perfect. The weather played a big part as it was quite warm so plenty of shade. Wedding photos look beautiful amongst the gardens and nearby beach and pier! Remember to book area with council.

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Como House and Gardens

Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks

AddressWilliams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia

Phone+61 3 9656 9889

Another Seniors Group day out in the City

Our Seniors bus trip to Como House was a perfect day out,except for the lengthy time it took for the interesting introduction to the tour. Seating for this segment would have been appreciated as one hour of standing for senior citizens was difficult.Our guide was very knowledgable of the history of the building and it's surrounds. The tour itself was fantastic although more than 10 people at a time, made some rooms very crowded.I would recommend a tour of the house before the gardens as the day can be very tiring for older people.

Vintage Clothing Sale

Great opportunity to hunt down a really nice vintage bargain as well as visit a beautiful example of a Melbourne historic home. There are gorgeous gardens to sit and relax in, take photos and get a meal or just a coffee.

Carols at Como

Went to the free Christmas Carols at Como Park. It was absolutely beautiful. Everyone had brought picnics/alcohol and were enjoying a lovely evening together listening to carols. There were food trucks there too and you could also buy candles so that it was lit by candlelight when it got dark. Song booklets were available to song along too. The fireworks at the end of the night were amazing! Would definitely recommend a Christmas visit.

Beautiful

A gorgeous house that has so much history. A must see if you visit Melbourne. The wonderful story of Catherine and the goodies she bought overseas to fill the house. The chandelier is magnificent. The gardens are lovely and worth a walk through. Lovely guides that have plenty of knowledge.

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Melbourne Zoo

Zoos & Aquariums, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks

AddressElliott Ave, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia

Phone: +61 1300 966 784

Very big zoo!

I wasn't expecting the Melbourne zoo to be as big as it was. I was disappointed I couldn't see the platypus, but was lucky to see the koala bear. (I was told they sleep for about 20 hours a day!) I also enjoyed seeing the kangaroo, kookaburro (?), wombat, and orangutan. Wound up spending 3 hours here.

Dinosaurs

A great dinosaur display with 4 different dinosaur puppets, a great interactive experience for the children if they are into dinosaur. It’s a must see if your children live dinosaurs.

Such a joy to visit Melbourne Zoo

I have been visiting the view periodically since my grandchildren were in pushers. The eldest is 21 now! It’s such a lovely day out and always fascinating to view the latest exhibits.

I highly recommend anyone visiting Melbourne to visit the zoo, whether you have children or not. I recently took my niece who was visiting from the UK. 

My favourite exhibit are the lemurs having visited Madagascar five years ago and seen them in the wild. When the grandchildren were small it was always the
Monkeys 

Enjoy the day there

Lemur Encounter was Fantastic and Fun

We went as a group of three and we had a ball !! The Lemur handlers were great. They really know their furbabies. We had three of them sit on our laps while the carers told us about how they live and eat in the interactive enclosure. The encounter was informative and fun to watch the way they interact with each other. Well worth it. The zoo is one of the best zoos in the world as far as caring for the animals in their natural habitats.

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Alexandra Gardens

Nature & Parks, Gardens

Address3 Boathouse Dr, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia

Phone: +61 3 9658 9658

BBQ's, seats, trees, the river = perfect

Ok it was a weekday and i know it gets really busy on weekends but it really was a great venue to have a bbq'd steak and show off Melbourne to our visitors as a constant stream of boats, bike riders, walkers and joggers streamed past.The trees provided the shade and the breeze off the water was cooling.

A Pleasant Garden For Relaxation

This small garden is beautiful and pleasant for people to relax. It has great choice of botanical plants and a small pond that attracts water birds and ducks. Excellent place for the nearby residents to relax here.

nice walk next to the river

This is next to the Yarra River and a few minutes' walk from Flinders Station. I've cycled thru here years back so it was nice to have a stroll again today on a cool winter afternoon.
There is a good view of the Melbourne buildings, benches where one can relax or hang out. The lawn was well maintained. 
It's near the Olympic areas and right across Queen Victoria Gardens.

Nice Park to walk through to AO

We walked through this park on our way to AO, it is where Midsumma Festival is held. It is a lovely walk along past the boat sheds and right near Federation Square and Southbank and and across the road from Queen Victoria Gardens.

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Grattan Gardens

Nature & Parks, Gardens

AddressPrahran VIC 3181, Australia

Website: http://bit.ly/306htef

Now with traffic calming

The Gardens have been enhanced at Greville Street with road treatments and seating and some beautiful overhead lights in the shape of fuschias. The effect is quite attractive and slows the traffic down.

A patch of Green

A cute little park with a wandering path and a few very large trees. Located a block behind the shopping strip - a pretty patch of green. Great spot for very young children to stretch their legs and ride their bikes and scooters.

Pretty small gardens but the kids play area is decent

Given that Fawkner Park is only 10mins walk from here, it's probably not the greatest park you'll ever go to. But if you have kids and are going shopping at the Coles or Woolworths nearby, then it's a good place to take them as a treat afterwards. The kids play areas are good. Just don't go too early in the morning on the weekend as it seems to be the unofficial after party hangout spot for late night revellers from Circus and Revolver!

Revamped gardens

The recently revamped gardens have a wonderful grassed area surrounded by pathways and seating for a leisurely relax in the Su soaked area.

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Greenmeadows Gardens

Fun & Games, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks

AddressStorage Shed, 1 Green St, St Kilda East VIC 3183, Australia

Phone: 9524 3333

Meadows in the mist

Wonderful little garden within St Kilda East - This hidden gem is a magic delight woven within some of the Melbourne's loveliest streets you could ever imagine.

Everyone passes through

In the early morning, it seems that everyone passes through here on their way to work, the shops, or school. With the springtime flowers out and the trees in flower, the streets are a pretty sight. The Council workers are hard at work keeping it all nice. The park even has an offleash dog area.

Playground and old trees

There is a large playground and many seats under shady old trees in these large gardens. It is a quiet place and has public toilets as well. Dog exercising is allowed before 9am.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Nature & Parks, Gardens

AddressBirdwood Ave, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia

Phone: +61 3 9252 2300

No better place for some down time

A little safe haven amongst the great hustle and bustle that is Melbourne. You can relax here, stroll through the routes they have marked out or just sit by the ponds and chill.

Fern Gully

Lovely natural Gully within gardens that provides a perfect micro climate for ferns. Fantastic short walk amongst the trees and ferns. One of my favourite parts of garden. TIP: enter through Gate D on Domain Rd.