One of the first things we noticed about Melbourne was the vast number of parks and gardens throughout the city. Apparently, Melbourne is considered to be "The Garden City" of Australia. Perhaps THE premier garden, and the oldest, is on the southeast edge of Melbourne: Fitzroy Gardens. Founded in 1848 as a public reserve, these 64 acres were officially named "Fitzroy Gardens" (after Charles Fiztroy, Governor-general of Australia from 1851 to 1855) in 1862. The original concept was to create a memorial for the first Europeans who died in the colony. A Conservatory, in the Spanish Mission style, was constructed in the gardens, for displaying glass-house plants. When we were there, a glorious exhibit of hydrangeas decorated the Conservatory (these exhibits are changed five times per year). In 1934, "Cook's Cottage" (the 1755 parental home of Captain James Cook) was brought from the village of Great Ayton in Yorkshire, England, and reconstructed in the gardens. It is one of the garden's top tourist attractions. Fitzroy Gardens is an absolutely wonderful place to explore and in which to relax.
One of the top tourist attractions in the gardens is "Cooks' Cottage" - the 1755 parental home of Captain James Cook, discoverer of the east coast of Australia. Originally located in the village of Great Ayton, Yorkshire, England, it was dismantled, brick-by-brick and rebuilt in Melbourne's Fitzroy Gardens in 1934.