Albert Park – Melbourne
Only 3km from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog walking, jogging, cycling, sailing and rowing.
The inner city suburb of Albert Park is located beachfront on Port Phillip Bay between Port Melbourne and St Kilda, separated from the Melbourne city centre by South Melbourne and Southbank.
Things to do at the iconic Albert Park include:
- Hire a boat and explore the lake
- Visit St Kilda Beach
- Enjoy a barbecue or picnic with the family
- Take a Walk
- Cycle the scenic Albert Park
- Run and get fit
- Enjoy some fishing
- Enjoy the 2015 Melbourne Grand Prix
Apart from the lake itself, other attractions include sporting facilities, ovals, playgrounds, restaurants and a 5km walking and running track.
Today the magnificent Albert Park is enjoyed by approximately five million visitors annually. Traces of Albert Park’s Aboriginal history can be still found in the large park; the most noticeable being the large ancient River Red Gum Tree, believed 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 lake was stocked with tens of thousands of golden perch – also called yellow belly – just over 10 years ago in the hope of creating a recreational fishery. Unfortunately the plan stalled and the fish have been left to grow old and fat. Recently, the idea has gained renewed momentum through the work of local fishing enthusiasts, determined that the dream of long afternoons at the lake does not become a tale of the one that got away. There have been recorded catches of 10kg fish being caught.
Enjoy watching the colourful sailboats on the lake and take in the magnificent views of the city skyline.
Sporting facilities include a golf driving range, gymnasium and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.