TOUR 1: Domain Parklands and Royal Botanic Gardens - master planning
Walking Tour - Hosted by City of Melbourne
The Domain Parklands are one of the most beautiful and treasured parklands within the City of Melbourne. Rich in history, the parklands are the setting for a number of unique destinations including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Government House, Shrine of Remembrance and Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The parklands cover an area of 123 hectares, with 1.8 km of frontage to the Yarra River. This tour will explore the parklands, focusing on the development of a new 20 year master plan for the Domain Parklands. A key ingredient of the master plan is the partnerships between the five Land Managers within the parklands. The Royal Botanic Gardens will introduce the master plan they are developing. The value of collaboration and opportunities that have arisen with these plans will be discussed.
TOUR 2: Melbourne - The World's Sporting Capital
Walking tour - Hosted by Sport & Recreation Victoria
Melbourne prides itself on its calendar of world class sporting events, including the Australian Open Tennis, the Boxing Day Test Match as well as national Australian Rules Fooball and soccer matches. Sporting culture is woven into the fabric of Melbourne and its people. Tour the world class facilities within Melbourne’s sports precinct – the MCG, Melbourne Park (including Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena) and AAMI Park which also host many concerts and similar events.
TOUR 3: Yarra Bend Park
Bus transportation: Hosted by Parks Victoria
Located close to central Melbourne, Yarra Bend Park is home to the largest and most intact natural bushland near the city. Covering 265ha including approximately 12km of the scenic Yarra River, Yarra Bend Park attracts more than 1.5 million visits per year providing extensive recreation opportunities in natural and semi-natural settings. Facilities include sporting fields, a riverside cafe, an 18-hole golf course, cycling and walking trails and substantial picnic and off-lead dog walking areas. The park hosts diverse events from weddings to charitable fun runs with often over 1000 participants. The Yarra River slowly meanders through this natural setting and is popular for fishing, kayaking and rowing. The Main Yarra Trail, one of Melbourne’s busiest shared trails, traverses the park, providing links to adjacent suburbs and Melbourne Central Business District. On this tour you will see the diversity of what the park has to offer. A special highlight will be a visit to Bellbird Picnic Ground, the home of a grey-headed flying-fox (bat) colony. This is an opportunity to view the flying-fox colony and enjoy an onsite briefing. The flying-foxes began roosting at Yarra Bend Park in 2003 and it has been identified as one of the most suitable sites for a flying-fox campsite in Melbourne. The site provides one of the best opportunities to protect and provide for the species while minimizing conflicts between flying-foxes and people. Over Summer the colony can swell to over 30,000 individuals including young.