Located an easy 10-minute walk southeast of the CBD, Fitzroy Gardens is one of Melbourne’s quaintest green spaces. Featuring avenues of elegant elm trees and paths paved in the shape of a Union Jack, this 64-acre, picnic-perfect parkland is also home to Cook’s Cottage, once owned by the famous captain’s parents and brought all the way over from Yorkshire, England. Equally enchanting is the Fairies’ Tree, carved with nymphs and native Australian animals, and the miniature model Tudor village. For horticulturalists, there’s even a Spanish-style conservatory full of spectacular floral displays.
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Just outside the CBD, the Fitzroy Gardens encompass wide lanes lined with English elms, vast lawns, and a weird, but wonderful collection of fountains, statues, and such. Cook's Cottage, the reassembled childhood home of Captain Cook, is here too—but the real reason to go is for a bit of peace and quiet.
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