Chapter 14
Accessing Melbourne
QVG topography consists of a ridge south of the ornamental lakes, sloping down
towards the city with wide lawns and large mature shade trees. Access onto the
lawns is difficult with a brick gutter/drain but paths are bitumen and only poorly
maintained in a few places. Highlights are the Floral Clock facing the National
Gallery of Victoria (under renovation) across St Kilda Rd and the pathway between
the lake and Rose Garden providing magnificent views to the city with benches
encouraging visitors to stop, sit and relax.
Alexandra Gardens (AG)
The Alexandra Gardens are strip of land alongside the Yarra River with Alexandra
Ave forming the south boundary. AG are the location of much activity during
Melbourne's Moomba celebration, held early March annually.
Access into AG is from St Kilda Rd, down a short steep grade which levels out as
you get into the park, by crossing at the lights from QVB and from the Southbank
precinct under Princes Bridge to Jeffries Parade and a small step up into the park.
Jeffries Pde is closed to through traffic but there are no dedicated parking spaces.
Accessible Male and Female toilets are provided with a ramp up at 9% to the
Female toilet.
AG topography is essentially flat except for the rise up to St Kilda Rd. Paths are
bitumen, the north path is poorly maintained and joins the footpath at Jeffries Pde.
The footpath is uplifted by tree roots and you must step down to get to the path
leading to the toilets.
Kings Domain (KD)
Bounded by Linlithgow Ave on the north, St Kilda Rd to the west and Alexandra Ave
to the east, Kings Domain is a huge parkland which eventually merges into the
Royal Botanic Gardens. Key features are the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, King
George V Memorial, the  Pioneer Women's Garden and wide open grassed
spaces. KD is significant to the history of Melbourne; as the location for Governor
La Trobe's Cottage (steps in), Government House, The Observatory and the
Shrine of Remembrance.
Kings Domain encompasses a hill which rises steeply from the Yarra River,
Alexandra Ave and Linlithgow Ave then falling gently to St Kilda Rd. There are four,
four hour disabled persons parking spaces in Linlithgow Ave and two (two hour
spaces across the road) with a crossover to the  Tan Track , a sand and crushed
rock running track which circumvents Kings Domain and the Botanic Gardens. The

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