The Carlton Gardens are among Australia’s most significant heritage gardens. Together with the Royal Exhibition Building, they were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 1 July 2004.

The gardens were originally laid out in the 1850s, with the southern part redesigned to provide the setting for the Royal Exhibition Building during the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition and remaining largely intact since. The northern part was built over in 1880 and again in 1888 during a second Exhibition. The present North Gardens were laid out following demolition of the buildings erected for this exhibition.

The Carlton Gardens of today are much loved by Melburnians and visitors alike and form a key component of our capital city and inner-urban regional open space network. They provide a valuable recreational space for Melbourne residents, workers and visitors.

As part of the review of the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens World Heritage Management Plan, led by Heritage Victoria, the Carlton Gardens Master Plan is being reviewed and is now open for community consultation.

Have your say

Read the Draft Carlton Gardens Master Plan (PDF 3.5MB).

You can share feedback by:

  1. Completing the online survey below.
  2. Attending a pop-up kiosk session (pending COVID-19 restrictions - follow this page to receive the latest updates).
  3. Attending the online focus group (Melbourne Museum and IMAX passes to be won).
  4. Designing your ideal tour through the gardens (suitable for children, or the young at heart!)

Consultation closes 5pm on 21 November. Following the community engagement period, the draft plan will be further reviewed and revised and a final Master Plan will be presented to Council for endorsement in early 2022.

    If you have any questions about the consultation please call 9658 9658 or email



    • Timeline item 1 - complete

      Community consultation on the World Heritage Management Plan (Heritage Victoria)

      1 June to 27 July 2020

    • Timeline item 2 - complete

      Future Melbourne Committee approves draft for consultation

      5 October 2021

    • Timeline item 3 - active

      Consultation commences

      6 October 2021

    • Timeline item 4 - active

      Exhibition Reserve Master Plan consultation opens (Museums Victoria)

      15 October 2021

    • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

      Online focus group

      8 November 2021

    • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

      Pop-up kiosk in Carlton South (format subject to change)

      13 November 2021

    • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

      Pop-up kiosk in Carlton North (format subject to change)

      17 November 2021

    • Timeline item 8 - incomplete

      Consultation closes

      21 November 2021

    • Timeline item 9 - incomplete

      Final Master Plan goes to Future Melbourne Committee for approval

      Early 2022
    • Timeline item 10 - incomplete

      Consultation and review of World Heritage Management Plan (Heritage Victoria)


    Project overview

    Find out more about the proposed works in the draft Carlton Gardens Master Plan.

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