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Carlton Gardens

Spend a peaceful moment by a water fountain, relax under a fig tree or visit historic Melbourne institutions in this charming central parkland. 

Enjoy a breath of fresh air in a fast-moving city at Melbourne's Carlton Gardens. This picturesque parkland sits in the heart of the bustling central business district. Join crowds of sightseers who wander the grounds, admire the Royal Exhibition Building and browse exhibits at the Melbourne Museum. This 24-hectare (64-acre) site has been classified a World Heritage Site for its combination of natural beauty and cultural significance. 

The gardens were built to host the Melbourne International Exhibit in 1880. This event brought inventors and salesmen from around the world to showcase their wares in the park's Exhibition Building. At the time, this building was the largest in Australia. 

As you stroll the garden paths, enjoy a number of water features, flower displays and decorative ponds. Don't miss the Hochgurtel fountain, which reflects Victorian-era designs, or the harmoniously rounded French Fountain. Watch birds bathing or walk up to one of many Moreton Bay figs, whose gangly branches hang low to the ground. These trees were used by local Aborigines as meeting spots.   

Head to the tennis courts and play a set. Kids will love the park's playground, which is built like a maze. Watch them sliding down ramps, climbing on frames or playing hide and seek in the playground alcoves. 

Take an hour to engage with history at the Melbourne Museum. Exhibits display dinosaur fossils, technological marvels and science shows. Experience 3-D at the IMAX theatre, which has the world’s third-largest screen. The Royal Exhibition Building is a remarkable domed structure in the park's centre. Explore inside with a guided tour. 

Find Carlton Gardens to the northeast of Melbourne's central business district. Trams along Victoria Street and Nicholson Street serve the area. Alternatively, get a bus down Rathdowne Street or ride the train to Parliament Railway Station. Public toilets are available on-site. 

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Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.4 out of 5 (4,158 reviews)

    Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens and Marvel Stadium. Melbourne Central and Queen Victoria ...

    Atlantis Hotel, MelbourneAU$87

    9 Jun - 10 Jun

    Atlantis Hotel, MelbourneAU$87
    Pegasus Apart'Hotel

    Pegasus Apart'Hotel

    206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.3 out of 5 (786 reviews)

      Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Central. ...

      Pegasus Apart'HotelAU$139

      10 Jun - 11 Jun

      Pegasus Apart'HotelAU$139
      Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

      Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

      328 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        4.4 out of 5 (3,577 reviews)

        This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria, and ...

        Rendezvous Hotel MelbourneAU$129

        2 Jun - 3 Jun

        Rendezvous Hotel MelbourneAU$129
        Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

        Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank

        Corner of Southgate Ave & Riverside Quay, Southbank, VIC
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.4 out of 5 (2,675 reviews)

          This family-friendly Southbank hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Melbourne Central and Melbourne Cricket Ground. Royal Botanic ...

          Travelodge Hotel Melbourne SouthbankAU$116

          23 Jun - 24 Jun

          Travelodge Hotel Melbourne SouthbankAU$116
          Rydges Melbourne Hotel

          Rydges Melbourne Hotel

          186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.1 out of 5 (988 reviews)

            Located in Chinatown, this hotel is steps from Comedy Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre. Princess Theatre and Bourke Street Mall are also within 10 minutes. ...

            Rydges Melbourne HotelAU$165

            27 May - 28 May

            Rydges Melbourne HotelAU$165
            Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne

            Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne

            131-137 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC
              4.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              4.0 out of 5 (995 reviews)

              This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Comedy Theatre and Her Majesty's Theatre. Princess Theatre and Melbourne ...

              Hotel Grand Chancellor MelbourneAU$107

              27 May - 28 May

              Hotel Grand Chancellor MelbourneAU$107
              Stamford Plaza Melbourne

              Stamford Plaza Melbourne

              111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
                5.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.4 out of 5 (984 reviews)

                Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Collins Street, Her Majesty's Theatre, and Flinders Lane. ...

                Stamford Plaza MelbourneAU$195

                9 Jun - 10 Jun

                Stamford Plaza MelbourneAU$195
                Brady Hotel Central Melbourne

                Brady Hotel Central Melbourne

                30 Little La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.3 out of 5 (676 reviews)

                  Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps from State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Central, and RMIT University. QV Centre and Old ...

                  Brady Hotel Central MelbourneAU$111

                  27 May - 28 May

                  Brady Hotel Central MelbourneAU$111

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