Eight Great Australian City Parks

kngsprkEach of Australia’s major cities has great parks. Here are some of the best of them:

City Botanic Gardens Brisbane – Located on the Brisbane River, featuring lovely gardens, picnic areas, the Bamboo Grove, ornamental ponds, fountains and the Riverstage where many events are held each year.

Fitzroy Gardens East Melbourne – Just on the edge of the city the gardens feature a classic Victorian-era design featuring a miniature Tudor village, the carved Fairies’ Tree, excellent conservatory, magnificent elm avenue and Cook’s Cottage the childhood home of Captain James Cook.

The Domain Sydney – The most usable park in Sydney, its 34 hectares of grassland is used for corporate sports, Carols in the Domain, Tropfest, and Opera in the Domain. Has excellent access to the Botanic Gardens, the NSW Art Gallery, Mitchell Library, Woolloomooloo, Andrew `Boy’ Charlton Pool, Macquarie Street and you get the best harbour views from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair.

Pennington Gardens Adelaide – Adelaide city is actually surrounded by parks and one of the best is Pennington Gardens just across the river from the city next to Adelaide Oval. These gardens feature a wonderful formal garden including the Women’s War Memorial Garden and the Cross of Sacrifice.

Kings Park Perth – The world’s largest city park covers sits atop Mt Eliza with stunning views over Perth and a Botanic Garden which features an amazing array of WA’s stunning and unique wildflowers. Lots of natural bushland, walks, playgrounds, summer concerts, good restaurants and a War Memorial with the best setting in Australia.

Princes Park Hobart – Part historic site and part recreation area the Park is located at the site of the original Prince of Wales Battery and features well-preserved tunnels at the Prince Albert Battery further up the hill plus playgrounds and grassed areas, and is where many people gather each year to welcome the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race vessels as they near the end of their journey.

Black Mountain Canberra – Right on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin Black Mountain sticks out because of the obvious Telstra Communications Tower near its peak. Black Mountain features magnificent bushland containing hundreds of varieties of plants and many nature trails to enjoy. At the mountain’s base is a foreshore park where aquatic activities are also popular.

Bicentennial Park Darwin – With great views over Darwin Harbour Bicentennial Park encompasses The Cenotaph War Memorial and the Civilian Memorial at the South-western end of the park, along with The USS Peary Memorial a little further along. There is a network of shared pathways that offer access to areas such as Lameroo Beach and at the North western end, Doctor’s Gully fish feeding.

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