The park is only a three kilometres distance from the bustling heart of the city; the Park is a famous and densely visited area – offering a huge range of activities. These activities include jogging, dog walking, sailing, cycling, and rowing. Apart from the lake itself, you can take advantage of many other attractions, including the sporting facilities, ovals, restaurants, playgrounds, the 5-kilometres driving range, and the walking and running track.
The Australia time has created this travel guide for you to explore the area fully and plan a fun getaway with your family and friends group.
Plan a wonderful outdoor picnic or a live barbecue with family or friends. Rent a boat and explore the lake completely and its exceptional beauty. You can also jog, walk or cycle around the track, with receding green lawns and playing fields while you take a moment to appreciate the natural scenery.
Other attractions include;
- Driving range
- Golf course
- Medical centre
The parkLake is an ideal hangout if you prefer seeing colourful sailboats on the lake waters or want to take in the stunning views of the city’s skyline. At the Park, you can make yourself busy in various sporting facilities, including the famous Golf Course/ driving range, Aquatic centre, gymnasium, and Melbourne sports centre.
What more can you do at the Park?
When you’re there
Besides the lake itself, there are multiple other attractions at the Park, including various sporting facilities, ovals, restaurants, playgrounds, and 5 kilometres running and walking track.
Sporting facilities at the Park include;
- Driving Range
- Aquatic Centre
- Golf Course
- Melbourne Sports Centre
Park Opening Hours
The Park is accessible and open for public visitors with vehicle, bike, and pedestrian access via various entry points.
How to get there?
Travelling on the tram is the ideal way to travel to the Park. Trams travelling along St Kilda Road stop within easy walking distance of the Park. The numbers 12, 96, AND 16 pass from the front of the Park from Melbourne CBD to St Kilda. The parking is limited in the Park for park users, and a small parking fee applies.
Things to do and see at the Park
Shared paths in the Park are famous with joggers, cyclists, and walkers. You can choose from the shorter walk paths to the major trail links of Melbourne.
The 4.7km Lake Path, 45 minutes one way
Cycle, walk or jog around the lake on the famous granite path, feast your eyes on the magnificent views of the city while passing the wildlife of the Park.
The 3.1km Western Bike Path, 25 minutes one way
The path traverses the western end/edge of the Park, linking St Kilda with South Melbourne and near road cycling routes. A part of the trail goes through a dog-off-lead area – where your pets can roam freely.
Picnics and Barbecues
The Park holds nine picnic areas surrounding the quaint and charming lake; these spots can be used for picnics, functions, and BBQs.
Each of the nine areas has come with a range of facilities, including free electric BBQs, playgrounds, shelters, and open spaces. These spaces are used on a shared basis, and all are in close proximity of toilets and parking areas.
Some of the activities in the park call for a permit with which a small fee would apply. These facilities include commercial filming, events, photography, sporting events, and other commercial activities, along with the use of marquees, structures, and other attractions.
Dogs in the Park
If you have a pet and bring them along – the Park is an ideal space to do so – as there are plenty of spaces in the Park where you can walk your dog. The Park is multi-zonal, and the dogs are allowed access in most areas; however, they should be kept in the lead in some areas. You must also be careful about keeping your pets out of certain areas of the Park, including the playgrounds and the lake. You can easily find the pet accessible places of the Park on the map overleaf.
Things to Remember
Dogs should be kept on the leads at all times on the grassy areas and the paths surrounding the lake and the picnic areas. The Park has two off-lead zones, but you must always have a lead handy to bring the dogs under immediate control if needed.
You can make it a day of fun at the lake by joining the rowing or sailings clubs, or you can also hire a paddleboat. You can dive, swim or give indoor sports facilities at the park a try. You can also benefit from the fitness/gym facilities at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Visiting the area and need good restaurant recommendations? Head over to our Albert Park Restaurants list below!
Albert Park Golf Course
The futuristic Golf Course is located in the serene park, only a 2-kilometres distance from Melbourne CBD. It is adjacent to the popular St Kilda Road Boulevard. The 18-hole golf course is one of the top and most famous locations globally. The golf course is next to the majestic lake and offers views of the Melbourne CBD skyline.
Albert Park Golf Course offers a stunning view of the city skyline and the quaint Albert Lake Park, but it also has been described as Australia’s best-located public golf course. It is home to the F1 Australian Grand Prix; the course is in overall amazing condition throughout the year – making it a perfect place for social and corporate groups.
The bookings for the golf course are open 7 days a week.
Golf Course Details
Albert Park Driving Range
Let’s look into the Driving Range facilities;
the riving Range is Melbourne’s one of premier learning and golf practice facilities. The facility caters to all levels of golfers – from complete beginners to scratch markers – or a group that only wants to have a good time shooting some golf.
The facility is open till 10 PM every weekend night with a floodlit facility.
The Driving Range
The range of the course is 250 metres having 53 individual driving bays. It won’t matter if it rains; 38 bays in the driving range are undercover completely.
Visiting the area and need comfy and leisure hotels accommodations? Head over to our hotel list below!
Fishing at the Lake
An array of native and newly introduced fish are stocked for fishing at the lake. A Victorian recreational fishing licence is a must, and the Victorian recreational fishing guidelines should be followed strictly.
Parks Victoria cheers the catch and release method in fishing – helping to maintain the water quality in the lake. However, anxious fish – European Carp must be removed from the lake if caught once.
The Park offers multiple picnics and sporting areas with facilities, including playgrounds, dining, and other options, offering a huge diversity of recreational opportunities. At the Park, you can;
- Join amateur sporting clubs – which use 21 sports fields of the Park. You can also come as a spectator
- Go for a fun round of golf on the 18 holes course or try out the driving range.
- Pick from a huge range of food kiosks, restaurants and cafes, and other functional areas
- Go for a bird view of the Park on the viewing tower located behind The Point. The place offers amazing views of the entire Park and the city.
- Choose from the various sporting facilities, which include the Aquatic centre, Lakeside Stadium, Victorian cricket plus community centre, and Melbourne sports centre,
Where to park at the lake?
Parking inside and surrounding the Park is plentiful.
A small parking fee is applied to all car parks and kerbside parking spacing in and surrounding the Park. You can see time restrictions and ticket requirements on the parking signs in the Park. Remember to prominently display the tickets on the dashboards to avoid any parking fines.
Traditional Aboriginal Owners
It is hugely acknowledged that the Aboriginal people are Victoria’s original and traditional owners – inclusive of its parks and natural reserves. Via their cultural traditions, the Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.
The Park is situated only 3 kilometres from the main business district of Melbourne, and it is one of Australia’s prime recreational parks. The Park sees constant and daily traffic of joggers, walkers, yachts, and rowers, all of these are an integral part of the Park’s experience.
If you are looking for information on the medical Centre, head over to our dedicated section below and find out all about the futuristic facility – the Albert Park Medical Centre.
Events & Recreational Activities
The Park plays an unceasing host to many national, state-wide, regional, and community-based – cultural, sporting, and recreational events. You can get in touch with the park authorities for more details regarding planning or attending an event at the premises.
Plants and Wildlife
The Park is home to more than 5,000 native and introduced grasses and trees. These offer a bustling home for the area’s native and introduced wildlife – offering beautiful scenery and shade for the park goers.
Fun-Fact: the big River Red Gum Eucalyptus Camaldulensis, close to the Junction Oval, is approximately 400 years old.
The Park is home to numerous migratory birds, including the Great Egret, White-throated Needletail, and the Sacred Ibis. Pacific black ducks, black swans, pelicans, cormorants, and coots are often seen feeding on the lake’s aquatic vegetation.
Back to the land, you can hear many Kookaburras, Cockatoos, Rosellas, and Magpies. If you happen to visit at night, you might be lucky enough to spot a Ringtail or a Brushtail Possum bustling from the trees in pursuit of food.
Albert Park Medical Centre
The medical centre is a traditional, fully accredited GP clinic in Victoria.
The Medical Centre is located at 51-55 Dundas Place, next to the park village and opposite the Child & Maternal Health centre. The centre offers high-quality health care in a caring, friendly and professional environment.
The medical centre is located at 51-55 Dundas place, Victoria 3206.
Opening Hours & Timings
|Day||Opening Time||Closing Time|
Albert Park Hotel
Browse through the list of best hotel options below;
|Hotel||Distance from Beach||Description & Facilities|
|Tyrian||2.1 km from beach||Tyrian Serviced Apartments in Melbourne offer luxury and modern accommodation. Swim in the rooftop terrace pool while enjoying the scenic view of Albert Lake. You can also workout in the building’s fitness centre.|
|Pullman Melbourne||1.3 km from beach||Overseeing Park Lake, the stay is only a short walk from St Kilda road. Here you can dine, drink, relax and swim in the indoor swimming pool.|
|Mercure Melbourne||1.3 km from beach||Situated opposite Park and the Park Lake, the location is a 4 star accommodation only a 7 minute drive away from the central heart of Melbourne.|
|Middle Park Hotel||600 m from beach||The historic hotel offers modern rooms with WiFi, and large flat screens. Located only a 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre.|
|Boutique Stays – Bay Waves||850 m from beach||Only 2.5 km from the Melbourne Convention and exhibition centre – accommodation offers free WiFi, air conditioning, and more.|
|The Anderson South Melbourne||1.4 km from beach||Near the shrine of Remembrance features high-speed free WiFi.|
|Light, Airy, Spacious Queens Road Apartment||1.2 km from beach||The location provides stunning mountain views and an airy, light apartment. Only 3 km away from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.|
The area is filled with decent and luxury rating Albert Park Hotel options, and most come with modern facilities, such as high-speed WiFi, gyms, fitness centres, and swimming pools.
Albert Park Restaurants
All the sightseeing is sure to make you hungry, especially when there are tons of physical and recreational activities at the Park for you to enjoy. While you are out and about, why not look into some of the best restaurants serving tantalizing food with exquisite ambiance and views of the lake and Park.
|The Vale Bar & Eatery | Restaurant||169 Union Rd||Opens 5 PM||✔|
|TOTE Bar & Dining||14 Feehan Ave||Opens 12 PM||✔|
|Misuzu’s||3-7 Victoria Ave||Opens 12 PM||✔||✔|
|Basilico||180 Bridport St||Opens 4 PM||✔||✔||✔|
|Lord Cardigan Restaurant||59 Cardigan Pl||Opens 12 PM||✔||✔|
|Mediterraneo Charcoal Restaurant||116 Bridport St||Opens 6 PM||✔||✔|
|Venus & Co | Hellenic Kitchen||183 Victoria Ave||Opens 5:30 PM||✔||✔|
|Scarpetta Restaurant||149 Victoria Ave||Opens 5 PM||✔||✔||✔|
|Chez Bagou||132 Bridport St||Opens 5 PM||✔|
|Ricardo’s Trattoria||99 Dundas Pl||Opens 12 PM||✔||✔||✔|
|Atta Restaurant||159/161 Victoria Ave||Opens 5 PM||✔||✔||✔|
|La Baia Bar Cucina||16/123 Beaconsfield||Opens 5 PM||✔||✔||✔|
|Eis Japanese Restaurant||188 Bridport St||Opens 6 PM||✔||✔|
|Charm Thai Restaurant||173 Victoria Ave||Opens 4:30 PM||✔||✔||✔|
|Bleakhouse Hotel||97 Beaconsfield Parade||Opens 12 PM||✔|
|Third Wave Cafe||181 Victoria Ave||Opens 11:30 AM||✔||✔||✔|
|iTALiAN ARTiSANS||135 Victoria Ave||Opens 5:30 PM||✔||✔|
|dami dami – Korean & Japanese||99 Victoria Ave||Opens 5 PM||✔||✔||✔|
|Pacific Rim Thai Restaurant||68 Bridport St W||Temporarily closed|
|Favori Pizza||153 Victoria Ave||Opens 5 PM||✔||✔||✔|
|The Guilty Moose||143 Victoria Ave||Opens 6:30 AM||✔||✔||✔|
Make your pick out of the many options and plan a romantic dinner for two or a huge wrap-up party with friends and family.
How long does it take to walk around the lake?
The Park and the lake are famous running spots in Melbourne, with a 4.8 kilometres track running around the lap – which is for the most part falt but can get a bit of strong winds off port Philip Bay. The entire lap has distance markers every 500 metres, and you can also find water fountains every kilometer. These facilities and the bustling beauty of the track make it a great spot for interval training and some running.
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