East Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens are one of the city’s most historic and aesthetically pleasing gardens, originally set aside as a reserve in 1848.
The gardens’ landscaping follows a classic Victorian-era design, crisscrossed by elm-lined avenues leading to several points of interest. A walk through the gardens takes you to Cooks' Cottage, which was owned by Captain James Cook's parents and subsequently brought from Yorkshire to Melbourne to commemorate Victoria's centenary in 1934.
There's also the lovely Spanish Mission-style Conservatory, dating from 1930 and housing changing exhibitions of magnificent floral displays. Keep walking, and you’ll pass several fountains and sculptures, a band pavilion and rotunda, a miniature Tudor Village and the lovely Fairies’ Tree carved by Ola Cohn, beloved by generations of children.