Albert Park is situated approximately 3 km south from the Melbourne CBD. It was named in 1894 in honour of Queen Victoria’s devoted consort, Prince Albert. Over the ensuing years the park was used as a tip, as a camp for the armed services, for scenic drives and for many forms of recreation. Today Albert Park is a large sporting and recreational park that caters for formal and informal recreation. The park is also the focus for many of Victoria’s spectacular events, and welcomes the Australian Grand Prix each year. Here you can enjoy a barbecue or picnic, hire a boat for fun, walk, cycle, or jog on the 5km track around the lake and take beautiful photos using the city skyline as a backdrop. Albert Park is also an important sanctuary for wildlife and vegetation. Over 100 bird species have been recorded in the park including wetland species such as the Cattle Egret, Common Tern, Great Egret, and Pelicans. 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.
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