Flagstaff Gardens

The Jazz Corner Hotel Melbourne is ideally located directly opposite the delightful Flagstaff Gardens in the heart of Melbourne.

Did you know that Flagstaff Gardens are Melbourne’s oldest gardens and the city’s most elevated position? The name derives from the ‘Flagstaff’ erected in 1840 which was part of a signalling system between Melbourne and ships sailing into the port at Williamstown.

Flagstaff Gardens is situated on one of two hills to the immediate north of the Yarra River, Birrarung. The site formed topography important to the Aboriginal people.

It was also the place from which news of Victoria’s separation from NSW was signalled to Melbourne residents through the lighting of a great bonfire in 1850.

In 1862 the site was established as a public garden and landscaped by the Deputy Surveyor General Clement Hodgkinson in 1865, the garden contained numerous trees of scientific and aesthetic importance, many of which remain today.

Today, Flagstaff Gardens comprises of 7 hectares of beautiful parkland which offer a tranquil green space away from the hustle and bustle of the inner city.
Choose to take a stroll through the popular lawns and enjoy the gardens that feature Eucalypts, Moreton Bay figs as well as avenues of elm trees and shrub beds. The kids can enjoy the children’s playground, located in the north-east of Flagstaff Gardens near the netball courts featuring a five-way swing and a rope climbing dome. There are also onsite BBQ facilities and toilets.

Other options include playing tennis, volleyball or netball on the multi-use courts or attend an event at the onsite lawn bowls club.

Learn about the history of Melbourne’s oldest gardens by joining expert tour guides from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria on a guided walk through the beautiful Flagstaff Gardens.

It’s an absolute must-do walk for understanding the history & character of the city.

WHEN: Monday’s at 11am and 2pm for a duration of 75 minutes

WHERE: Meet at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, 239 A’Beckett Street

$10pp (under 16’s free) to book call 9326 9288 or email them on office@historyvictoria.org.au

The Jazz Corner Hotel’s location is not only perfectly positioned across the road from Flagstaff Gardens, but also amongst the best of Melbourne including the Queen Victoria Market and Marvel Stadium, while Melbourne’s judicial and legal precinct is within close walking distance, including the Federal, Magistrates, and County Courts.

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