Length 2.7 km (1.7 miles), terrain: light hills
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Here's a nice little jog if you're staying in Melbourne's Central Business District. Fitzroy Gardens and the adjacent Treasury Gardens and Parliament Reserve are a varied and green contrast to the urban downtown.
|Fitzroy Gardens paths|
There are massive fig trees, lines of English elms, huge cedars, and the beds around the trees are covered with aromatic cedar chips, giant cedars, bamboo jungles, a miniature Tudor village, Captain Cook's childhood home...
We'll start the run at the corner of Bourke St. and Spring St., right in front of the Victorian Parliament.
|The Victoria State Parliament|
You'll run by some squawky parrots overhead in the trees, and there is a big fountain that looks like the shower room for a sports team. If your hotel showers aren't that good, you might want to try these.
|In Parliament Gardens|
Turn right at the cathedral, onto Gisborne Street, to run along the cathedral fence, with its big rose bushes.
You will now run straight into a side entrance of Fitzroy Gardens. Take the path curving along to the left, along the park's north side. It will go by a Neptune fountain, then curve to the right towards a second fountain at the east edge of the park.
|Fitzroy: follow that paved path!|
|Fitzroy pond, from the mound|
At the other side of the bridge, immediately turn right to follow the little path along the stream, with the stream to your right. You're running south.
|Along the stream: a small jungle|
The path will then come to a formally landscaped pond. Run by the pond and continue past the little brick house. This is Captain James Cook's childhood home (moved here from England).
Now turn your back to the cottage and run westwards. You'll go past the park's Mediterranean-style conservatory, where they have a greenhouse for flowers, and cross Lansdowne Street, entering the Treasury Gardens.
|JFK memorial in Treasury Gardens|