Why we love South Yarra

A person walking their dog through Fawkner Park in autumn.

Only a sliver of South Yarra sits within the City of Melbourne, but what a big contribution this little slice of paradise makes to city life. 

Nestled up against the Royal Botanic Gardens, the charming strip of eateries on Domain Road features everything from classic pub grub to neighbourhood Italian vibes. Or indulge in upscale charcoal chicken at chef Scott Pickett’s venue Matilda. 

The village feel extends to glorious Fawkner Park, which was set out in 1862 and has been largely preserved ever since. The dog breeds on parade in Fawkner Park may have fancified over the years in the off-leash areas, but these parts of the park continue to be a great place for puppy pats and playtime. 

We’ve recently upgraded the Pasley Street North entrance to improve landscape and tree health, drainage, safety and amenity. We’ve been careful to respect the heritage value of the landscape and the historic context of this metropolitan park. 

Meandering paths around the Fawkner Park are lined with Moreton Bay figs, elms, poplars and oaks. Two Art Deco brick pavilions add charisma and if you look closely you may see a game of quiddich in action, or meditative tai chi moves in the morning. 

Architecture: Take a heritage tour of iconic Melbourne architect’s Robin Boyd’s Walsh Street House, designed for his family in 1957. Its simple, light-filled design continues to influence architectural thinking. 

Arts: The kids are alright at St Martins Youth Arts Centre. Check out bold and disruptive theatre made with children and teenagers for grown-up audiences.  

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