The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens is a World Heritage site, and the City of Melbourne is responsible for managing the Carlton Gardens area. To ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the gardens in the north and south of the site, the City of Melbourne is seeking community feedback on the recommendations in the draft Carlton Gardens Master Plan.
We’d like your input into ways we can improve Carlton Gardens, including:
- improved amenities, additional lighting, signage and park furniture
- more natural shade in activity areas, introducing new trees and rejuvenating garden beds
- updating the self-guided walk and signage to improve visitor experiences in Melbourne.
Read the draft Master Plan (PDF 3.5MB).
Maps showing proposed works
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Master Plan map
The area covered by the Master Plan is shown in purple. The Exhibition Reserve is excluded from the Master Plan.
The central area of the site is managed by Museums Victoria and a draft plan has also been prepared for this area. If you are interested in viewing the draft Exhibition Reserve Master Plan please visit Engage Victoria. The consultation dates for this Master Plan are 15 October until 21 November.
Plan 4 Garden beds - Historic locations
South proposed works
Plan 6 Carlton Gardens South proposed works
North proposed works
Plan 7 Carlton Gardens North proposed works
World Heritage Management Plan
As a World Heritage Listed site, the management of the Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building is guided by a World Heritage Management Plan, which commenced a review process in 2020. The Heritage Act 2017 requires a World Heritage Management Plan to be reviewed every seven years.
Heritage Victoria within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the City of Melbourne and Museums Victoria are jointly coordinating the review, with input from the City of Yarra and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).
This current review covers not only the Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building, but also the area surrounding the site, referred to as the World Heritage Environs Area. It also includes consultation with Traditional Owners and Victorian Aboriginal communities and a First People Cultural Values Report.
Introduction to the site and review
In 2020, the review process commenced with community consultation and the partner agencies, led by Heritage Victoria, sought early feedback on what is working, what is not and what could be improved in the future of the site. A consultation summary report was published on Engage Victoria following consultation, and this feedback helped inform changes the draft Carlton Gardens Master Plan, as well as the other existing strategies, management and master plans for the Royal Exhibition Building and its surrounds.
To find out more about the project to review the World Heritage Management Plan please visit Engage Victoria.
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens Review on Engage Victoria (DELWP)
The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens Self-Guided Walk (PDF 2.5MB)