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Relax In Port Phillip’s Best Gardens & Parks
Relax In Port Phillip’s Best Gardens & Parks
13 Nov 2019

Relax in Port Phillip’s best gardens and parks

Wan to make the most of our gardens and parks this summer? Regardless of whether you’re simply enjoying nature or taking advantage of the sun with a jog outside, go check out some of the great outdoor spaces in the City of Port Philip.

We know Catani Gardens in St Kilda is popular for local and tourist groups of all sizes, but what are some other great parks and gardens in the City of Port Phillip?

St Kilda Botanical Gardens
St Kilda Botanical Gardens

A garden that has it all – the St Kilda Botanical Gardens are quite breathtaking. Essential walking paths? Check. Lots of picnic tables? Yes. Did you know that there’s even a giant chess and Rain Man Sculpture in an ornamental pond?

The gardens also have an eco-centre that teaches people about sustainable living, which is always fun to visit. For a relaxing day, it’s hard to go past the lush St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

How do I get there?

If you’re interested in checking out the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, transport options include:

  • Tram: 96 to Acland Street/Barkley Street junction, or the 67 to Brighton Road/Mozart Street junction
  • Train: Take the Sandringham to Balaclava, followed by a short walk
  • Bus: Routes 246, 600, 922, 923 and 246 along Barkley Street
  • Car: Free unrestricted all-day parking is available right around the gardens.

St Vincent’s Gardens
St Vincent's Gardens

St Vincent’s is minimal without a lot of facilities, but is still a beautiful English-style garden. Located in between the suburbs of Albert Park and South Melbourne, St Vincent’s has incredibly lush lawns for relaxing.

Featuring a bowling green and tennis courts, this is one our favourite spots to kick back with a book.  

How do I get there?

If you’re eager to relax at St Vincent’s, you can get there via:

  • Tram: Take the 1 to Montague Street, or the 96 is only a short walk from the South Melbourne Market/Coventry Street stop
  • Bus: 606 travels via Richardson Street
  • Car: There’s free parking available right around St Vincent’s.

J.L. Murphy Reserve

One of the more sport-orientated spaces in the City of Port Phillip, J.L. Murphy reserve in Port Melbourne is a great summer hotspot. Aside from having two football/cricket ovals, a baseball diamond and two soccer fields, the reserve also has a great community space for parties and get-togethers.

With plenty of picnic areas and BBQ facilities, this is a great spot for a weekend get-together. While the kids (or the young at heart) can run around with a soccer ball, you can easily kick back with a drink and BBQ lunch.

How do I get there?

The best ways to head to J.L. Murphy Reserve are:

  • Bus: The 232, 235, 238 and 606 take you to Poolman Street, which is a four-minute walk to the Reserve
  • Car: Free parking is available around J.L. Reserve

Gasworks Arts Park
Gasworks Arts Park

If you want some sculptures and creative pieces in your park spaces, then the Gasworks Arts Park is a must-see. Perfect to take your dog off-leash, there’s picnic tables, BBQs, and great paths for jogging.

There’s also an excellent Indigenous vegetation walking track called the Bush Trail, which explores the native plant life of Melbourne’s coastline.

On a hot day, you could pop into one of Gasworks’ three gallery spaces and check out what’s being displayed. They have a great selection of community classes, kids’ holiday programs and other activities, so explore what’s on at Gasworks.

How do I get there?

If you’re getting the tram, the number 1 to Stop 31 or 109 to Stop 128 plus a short walk down Graham Street will get you there. Bus routes 234 or 236 are also available, while there’s plenty of street parking surrounding the park.

There’s so many more parks and garden spaces in the City of Port Phillip waiting for you to visit. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Melbourne this summer in the suburbs of St Kilda, Albert Park or South Melbourne, read our latest blog posts for some great summer ideas.