Known around the world as the home of the Australian Formula I grand prix, Albert Park is a delightful recreational and BBQ-strewn picnicking area bordering a lake in an inner Melbourne suburb of the same name. You can hire boats to muck about on the lake or unsling your golf clubs for a round on the public course.
The bookshops, pubs, markets and trendy restaurants of Albert Park and the neighbouring suburbs of South and Port Melbourne are favourite haunts for both Melbournians and their guests. The bay beaches are tailored to family swimming and recreation with a well-equipped playground and tunnel slide.
The city is just a hop, skip and jump away, and frequent tram services will deposit you in the heart of Melbourne within a few minutes.
Although Albert Park is now part of the City Of Port Phillip, it was long at the recreational centre of the South Melbourne municipality whose affairs were administered from within the hallowed halls of a grand Town Hall built in the Classical style so popular in the 1880s. The hall still sits just north of the park atop a hill attended by a police station and court house constructed in contrasting Spanish Mission design in the 1920s.