Albert Park

Albert Park is located in the city of Port Phillip, approximately three km from the CBD of Melbourne. It is a 225 ha sporting and recreational park that caters for formal and informal recreation. Albert Park is the focus for many of Victoria’s spectacular events and is also an important sanctuary for wildlife and vegetation.

 

Things to Do

 

>> Enjoy a barbecue or picnic with your family.
>> Join a yacht or rowing club, take lessons or just hire a boat for fun.
>> Walk, cycle, or jog around the lake (5km), taking in the swans and sporting activities.
>> Have your wedding photographs using the city skyline as a backdrop.
>> Great for office functions, Christmas parties or family reunions.

 

Events at Albert Park

 

Albert Park is host venue to some of Melbourne's most spectacular cultural and sporting events:

 

>> The Million Paws Walk is held in May;
>> Fun Runs are held throughout the year;
>> The Fosters Australian Grand Prix Carnival takes place in March;
>> Classic car displays are held throughout the year.

 

Facilities

 

>> 11 picnic areas with barbecue, shelters and toilets.
>> Playgrounds ranging from lawns to purpose-built play equipment.
>> Restaurants which take in the views of the lake and the passing parade.
>> Indoor sporting facilities include basketball, netball, badminton, squash, table tennis, indoor cricket and a gym.
>> Outdoor sporting facilities cater for cricket, football, soccer, baseball, hockey, lawn bowls, tennis and boating.
>> Albert Park Golf Course and Golf Driving Range.
>> The new Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Center.

 

Heritage

 

Evidence indicates that Aborigines inhabited Albert Park and the surrounds some 40,000 years ago. Albert Park was a series of swamps and lagoons that provided edible vegetation. In 1864 the Park was proclaimed a public park and named Albert Park in honour of Queen Victoria’s devoted consort, Prince Albert. Over the ensuing years Albert Park was used as a tip, as a camp for the armed services, for scenic drives and for many forms of recreation.

 

Today the magnificent Albert Park is enjoyed by approximately 3,500,000 visitors annually. Vestiges of Albert Park’s Aboriginal history still remain, the most noticeable being the large ancient River Red Gum Tree, reputed to be the site of many corroborees. It is thought to be over 300 years old, the oldest remnant tree in the Port Phillip area, located next to Junction Oval on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Queens Road, St Kilda.

 

The Clarendon Street gates are the best manifestations of European history. Originally built of wooden pickets in 1910, they were cast in wrought iron in 1939 and can still be seen today.

 

Fauna

 

Over 100 bird species have been recorded in the park including significant wetland species such as the Cattle Egret, Common Tern, Eastern Curlew, Great Egret, Pomarine Jaeger and White-throated Needletail. Black Swans and Pacific Black Ducks are common, both feeding and breeding in the park.

 

Native mammals, reptiles and amphibians in the park include Common Bent-wing Bats. Common Brushtail Possums, Glossy Grass Skinks and Common Froglets.

 

Vegetation

 

Albert Park contains four wetland areas, the largest being Albert Park Lake.

 

The two native vegetation communities in the park are Grassy Wetlands and Plain Grass Woodlands. The most significant areas of vegetation are on Gunn Island and around the Corroboree Tree.

 

The islands at the north end of the lake provide habitats for native wildlife such as wetland and migratory birds.

 

A vegetation survey was completed in July 1992, identifying 117 species. The vegetation cover of Albert Park is largely composed of a mixture of native and exotic trees. New avenues of exotic trees have been established alongside roadways, pathways, important edges and in car parks. Groups of native tree species will be planted primarily between sports fields and in the under used 'corners' of the park. The bulk of the vegetation is located around the perimeter of the park, along roadsides or between fairways in the golf courses. The trees are generally either in avenues or clusters.

 

Looking After the Park

 

Please remember to keep your dog on a leash when in the park.

 

Place your rubbish in the bins provided.

 

All plants and animals in the park are protected - please leave them for others to enjoy.

 

How to Get There

 

There are entrances from Albert Road , Queens Road and Fitzroy Street. Parking is available throughout the park and there are trams in Albert Road and Fitzroy Street and a Light Rail along Canterbury Road.

 

Disability Information

 

Accessibility Rating: 5 out of 6

 

Lake, Paths and Picnic Areas

 

Albert Park has a network of paths linking the main path around the lake with various access points and car parks. The Lake Path is wide and flat, with seating at regular intervals. Picnic areas within the park generally lack formal paths between facilities, but access is mostly good over flat ground. The picnic tables have clearance for wheelchairs. Toilet facilities meet many access criteria.

 

Nearby Parks

 

>> Jells Park
>> Wattle Park
>> Westgate Park
>> Yarra Bend Park

 

Activities

 

Barbeque, Boating, Cycling, Golf, Playgrounds, Sporting, Walking, Walking Dogs.

 

 

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