Albert Park is not only one of the most picturesque Formula 1 circuits, but there are even more beautiful open spaces just a stone's throw from the track. Get some pre-race peace in the tranquil Royal Botanic Gardens, or watch life go by from the banks of the Yarra River. Experience wild encounters in the fascinating Melbourne Zoo, feel sand between your toes at St Kilda beach, or spend a while soaking up the atmosphere from Federation Square, also site of the Grand Prix ticket booth. Here's where to go for some wide open spaces.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Enter a place of continual discovery and delight, with city vistas, tranquil lakes and diverse plant collections, plus outdoor films and performances.
In the tradition of the world's busiest public spaces, 'Fed Square' buzzes with a daily program of events, restaurants and cafes and bold galleries.
Birrarung Marr/Yarra River
Listen to the ringing of the eye-catching Federation Bells and browse the open-air collection of artworks to discover Melbourne's indigenous culture.
St Kilda beach
Enjoy a day by the seaside at St Kilda Beach, a buzzing hive of fitness activity and home to a weekly market, the iconic pier and heated Sea Baths.
Experience a zoo visit like no other with up-close Wild Encounters tours, groove in summer to the 'Zoo Twilights' music performances, or just gush over new arrivals.