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
You can share feedback by:
- Completing the online survey below.
- Attending a pop-up kiosk session (pending COVID-19 restrictions - follow this page to receive the latest updates).
- Attending the online focus group (Melbourne Museum and IMAX passes to be won).
- 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 Park.Planning@melbourne.vic.gov.au
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
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
21 November 2021
Timeline item 9 - incomplete
Final Master Plan goes to Future Melbourne Committee for approvalEarly 2022
Timeline item 10 - incomplete
Consultation and review of World Heritage Management Plan (Heritage Victoria)