Whether you feel like walking or cycling through grassland and woodland, surveying the city skyline from expansive hilltops, kite flying by day or star gazing by night, you will find much to enjoy in Royal Park. The large open spaces make it hard to believe you are in a buzzing city, but the excellent facilities mean it is a popular place for recreation and relaxation. Royal Park contains a number of sports ovals and open spaces, large netball and hockey stadiums, a public golf course and the Melbourne Zoo. In the corner closest to Melbourne University is a garden of Australian native plants, and a little further north is a memorial cairn that marks the spot from which the Burke and Willis Expedition set off in 1860 on its fateful crossing of the interior. Other highlights of the park are the Walmsley House – one of the oldest buildings in Victoria, transported from England circa 1856; and Urban Camp – remnant of an army base from World War II.
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