Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens

The Fitzoy Gardens is a garden located right next to Melbourne’s CBD and has a long 150 year history. Named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy, it contains a variety of fascinating trees and beautiful flowers as well as a greenhouse.

Daffodils in bloom at Fitzroy Gardens

The eBird species list for the Fitzroy Gardens is only 63, and the common Superb Fairywren was only recorded here in 2019. Although the Royal Botanic Gardens 2.5km away has a much larger species count at 139, I would still recommend a visit to the Fitzroy Gardens, especially if you live near it. Besides birds, there are many beautiful flowers here such as endless rows of daffodils. There is also a greenhouse, which switches themes every few months and is well tended.

Can’t find many birds? Take out a macro lens in the greenhouse

Let’s also not forget that the Royal Botanic Garden, while having a larger species list on eBird, also has more than ten times the number of checklists, and so being a less-birded area, you might be the first person to find something unusual there.

Common Mynah (Acridotheres tristis), an invasive species in the Sturnidae family

The Fitzroy Gardens is also a really nice place for a walk, with parts being surprisingly secluded for a place so close to the CBD. Certainly it can be quieter than the Royal Botanic Garden during busy times. It is also one of the first places we walked when we moved to Australia and it holds a special place in my heart. It is probably the first place we saw Rainbow Lorikeets.

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) — Probably the first one we saw in Australia

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