(Melways Ref. 2F K9)
NYE - Midnight Lives Sites & Fireworks
Enjoy free music from some of Melbourne's best DJs, and a large multi-media entertainment 'nest', complete with music, visuals and pyrotechnic effects. At midnight, the spectacular fireworks will light up the city skyline in a dazzling display of colour and light.
Please note that all city loop stations including Flagstaff and Parliament stations will close at 11.45pm. After the midnight fireworks patrons are advised to walk to Southern Cross Station or Flinders Street Station where services will be operating all night.
- Treasury Gardens - Train - Parliament Station; Walk - Located just east of the CBD, between Spring Street and Lansdowne Street
- Kings Domain - Train - Flinders Street Station; Walk - Located just south of the CBD, between St Kilda Road and Alexandra Avenue
- Flagstaff Gardens - Train - Flagstaff Station; Walk - Located just north of the CBD, between La Trobe Street and King Street
- Docklands - Train - Southern Cross Station; Walk - Located west of the CBD, behind Etihad Stadium, surrounding Victoria Harbour
These three parks run continuously from the banks of the Yarra along St Kilda Road to the Shrine and beyond. They also border the Botanic Gardens and Government House. These three parks together with the Botanic Gardens make up the vast area of green to the left of the river in the poster to the right.
The Alexandra Gardens were created in the late 1860s from land reclaimed from the re-routing of the Yarra River. The gardens were reconstructed and laid out in their current form in 1904 and quickly became a focus for weekend recreation and promenading. The section of the Yarra with the Alexandra Gardens on one side and Birrarung Marr on the other are among the most picturesque and most often depicted areas of the city. The Alexandra Gardens are best known to the locals for the rowing sheds and as the venue for Moomba and similar festivities. For refreshments you can wander a little further upstream to one of Melbourne's favourite barbecue spots, sit on the grass and enjoy a burnt snag while the river flows slowly by. Or, if you prefer, you can wander a little further downstream and sip your cafe latte at Southgate complex while the river still flows slowly by. The Yarra is in no hurry, so why should you be?
The Henly-on-Yarra regatta has been held here annually since the reconstructed park opened in 1904, and it was on this stretch of the Yarra that the oarsome foursome trained. The small judges box built on the riverbank in the 1930s at the finishing line of the regatta can still be seen, as well as a war memorial for oarsmen who were killed in WW1. The Riverslide Skate Park attracts hundreds of skateboarders every day, and at the base of Princes Bridge you can hire a bike and ride for many kilometres along the bike paths which follow the river.
The Alexandra Gardens are really much more park than gardens, but you can still see the star bed which formed part of the original design and the Canary Island Date Palms planted soon after.
Riverslide Skate Park
Riverslide is the largest & best-appointed Skate Park in inner Melbourne. Featuring an 1800sqm skating surface & a cafť, itís a must for any interested skaters. Located within a five-min walk from Flinders St Station, itís situated in the picturesque Alexandra Gardens. Supervision & first aid assistance is provided on site during peak periods.
(Mel ref 2F J7)
Enquiries: 9663 0495
Queen Victoria Gardens
This site was chosen in 1905 for gardens to commemorate Queen Victoria, and naturally enough contain a large statue of the monarch as a centrepiece. The gardens also contain a small artificial lake and waterfall, rose gardens, rockeries and garden beds as well as impressive landscaped lawns and well established trees.
The King's Domain had been used for many purposes before becoming parkland in 1854. It has been progressively developed since that time with the most striking feature being the re-routing of St Kilda Road to create an artificial hill for the Shrine of Remembrance making it a dominant view along the city's Swanston Street. A section of the domain became a unique setting for Government House, the home of Victoria's Governor. This area is open to the public on a limited basis. In the 1950s an important addition was the Sidney Myer Music Bowl which is home to numbers of open air performances during the summer months. Also in the Domain are the Pioneer Women's Garden. This was built in 1934 as a tribute to the pioneer women of Victoria and it is adjoined by a sunken garden and reflecting pool. The Domain is also home to Governor La Trobe's Cottage - the humble forerunner to the nearby Government House. Visible from St Kilda Road is the Linlithgow Flower Bed with its changing plantings commemorating particular organisations or events
- Various statues in The Domain and connected gardens show people on horseback. How can you tell the status of a person from a 19th century equestrian statue?
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