Urban parks

Science has proven the health benefits of getting into nature which is why ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ has been the Parks Victoria philosophy for over a decade. Walk, jog, run or cycle in Melbourne’s picturesque urban parks. Play a game of footy or round of golf at Albert Park. Hire a row boat, canoe or kayak at historic Studley Park Boathouse, the oldest operating boathouse in Australia and paddle along the river where the Yarra bends. At sunset, watch thousands of Grey-headed Flying-foxes fly‐out from their daytime roosting spot. Dogs are permitted in most areas of Yarra Bend Park – even more reason to get out into nature for a brisk morning walk or afternoon stroll.

Escape the hustle and bustle of inner city life with a trip to the idyllic gardens of Werribee Park. The 10 hectares of manicured landscape contain a variety of exotic species combined with Australian natives Experience the grandeur of Werribee Mansion, discover Victoria’s unique pastoral history at the farm and homestead or simply relax with family and friends on the Great Lawn. Winner of the prestigious World Federation of Rose Societies Award for Garden Excellence, the internationally acclaimed Victoria State Rose Garden is also located in Werribee Park.

About one million years ago, molten lava flowed over the Keilor Plains from Mount Holden and other nearby volcanic hills and filled the depressions and valleys of the former land surface. Once solidified, a set of basalt columns formed by the cooling and cracking of molten lava which is what formed the striking feature at Organ Pipes National Park which lies only a short drive from Melbourne Airport. A short, return walk to the rock formation will only take about 90 minutes, or stay and have a picnic with family and friends.

Things To Do

Get into nature everyday with parks right on Melbourne's door step.

Two men cook share the cooking of a barbecue.


Fire up the barbecue at your next social gathering with family and friends while you're surrounded by nature.
A man with an afro wearing a leather jacket follows a woman wearing a cream knitted jumper up the garden steps and into an opening in the Dandenong Ranges Botanical Gardens.

Botanic gardens

Stroll through magnificent gardens that promise to delight all year round. Make sure you return to see the treasures that come with changing seasons.
Four friends relax by the edge of the Yarra River as their curly brown dog gets ready to jump in the water.

Dog walking

Round up your dog, grab the lead and visit dog-friendly parks near Melbourne and across Victoria.
Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.


Head outdoors for lunch in the warmer months and enjoy a picnic in some of nature's most relaxing and inspiring settings.
A couple run through the bush and leaves at Lysterfield Park.

Trail running

Get active and healthy in nature by taking your exercise fitness routine outdoors to one of many park running trails.

When to go

Melbourne's parks are buzzing during summer with BBQs and picnics. Be sun smart when outside in the hotter months and take plenty of water with you.

Need to know

Urban parks

Popular parks

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Albert Park

Jog, cycle or walk with your dog around Albert Park Lake - just 3km from the centre of Melbourne. And when you stop to catch your breath, take a moment to enjoy the magnificent views of the city skyline.
A family share a picnic while a father and son play with a model aircraft in the background.

Jells Park

Jells Park is nestled in the Dandenong Creek Valley, Wheelers Hill, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The park attracts over 900,000 visitors a year, with over nine kilometres of paths and trails, 127 hectares of wide open spaces and enough picnic areas for everyone to enjoy.
The gardens of the historic Werribee Park Mansion.

Werribee Park

Visit Werribee Park and discover the story of an Australian pastoral empire. Explore the Victorian era in the Italianate-style architecture and interiors of Werribee Mansion. Stroll through 10 hectares of beautiful formal gardens and open space park land. Only 30 minutes from Melbourne, take a walk at Werribee Park, today.
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