Back to nature
In the middle of the park is the incongruous sight of a tiny 18th-century English cottage. This child-scaled house was once occupied by the family of Captain James Cook, a famous figure in Australian history, and was moved here from England, brick by brick. It is furnished as if the family still lives here, and recorded voices make you feel as if you are overhearing their conversations.
FREE; BUDGET ENTRY FOR COOK’S COTTAGE
Cnr Wellington Pde and Clarendon St, Melbourne; (03) 9419 4118
■ The grand avenues of old English elm trees. Aged elm trees are rarely seen now in other parts of the world where they have been decimated by Dutch Elm Disease.
In the 18th century, people in England did not know what lands existed in the Southern Hemisphere. Captain James Cook set out from England in 1769 to explore the Pacific in his little wooden sailing ship, the Endeavour. In 1770, he discovered the eastern side of Australia. Nearly 20 years later, the English parliament sent convicts to this southern land to start a new colony.
■ At Cook’s Cottage you can have fun taking photos with your heads stuck through the cut-outs in a picture of an 18th-century family. The house is nestled in an authentic English cottage garden. Information charts explain how herbs and plants were used for food or medicine.
- Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne, In city