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.
In 2022-23, we will be investing $190,000 for the Carton Gardens Master Plan Implementation and submit the Master Plan to Heritage Victoria as part of the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens World Heritage Master Plan review.
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.
The plan was endorsed by Council on 7 June 2022.
Read the endorsed plan
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 - complete
6 October 2021
Timeline item 4 - complete
Exhibition Reserve Master Plan consultation opens (Museums Victoria)
15 October 2021
Timeline item 5 - complete
Online focus group
8 November 2021
Timeline item 6 - complete
Pop-up kiosk in Carlton South (format subject to change)
13 November 2021
Timeline item 7 - complete
Pop-up kiosk in Carlton North (format subject to change)
17 November 2021
Timeline item 8 - complete
21 November 2021
Timeline item 9 - complete
Final Master Plan goes to Future Melbourne Committee for approval
7 June 2022
Timeline item 10 - incomplete
Consultation and review of World Heritage Management Plan (Heritage Victoria)