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Cook's Cottage is located in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, Australia. The cottage was constructed in 1755 in the English village of Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, by the parents of Captain James Cook, James and Grace Cook. It is a point of conjecture among historians whether James Cook, the famous navigator, ever lived in the house, but almost certainly he visited his parents at the house.In 1933 the owner of the cottage decided to sell it with a condition of sale that the building remain in England. She was persuaded to change "England" to "the Empire", and accepted an Australian bid of £800, by Russell Grimwade, as opposed to the highest local offer of £300.The cottage was deconstructed brick by brick and packed into 253 cases and 40 barrels for shipping on board the Port Dunedin from Hull. Cuttings from ivy that adorned the house were also taken and planted when the house was re-erected in Melbourne. Grimwade, a notable businessman and philanthropist, donated the house to the people of Victoria for the centenary anniversary of the settlement of Melbourne in October 1934.The cottage immediately became a popular tourist attraction. In 1978 further restoration work was carried out on the cottage. An English cottage garden has been established around the house, further adding to its period reconstruction. Very few of the items in the house are from the Cook family, but all are representative furnishings of the period.

Address: Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
Phone: (03) 9658 9658
State: Victoria
City: East Melbourne
Zip Code: 3002


Opening Hours

Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours


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Reviews
Might have been my first time at this park and I loved it. The grounds were very well maintained and clean. The luscious grass were so inviting; if I had the time I would have gladly fixed a picnic and lay about. I spotted several individuals as well as groups relaxing under the shade of the trees. I even found one gentleman laying on the soft grass taking an afternoon snooze.nnFurthermore there is this information centre where you can grab some maps of the city that is catered to your interest such a need idea. It give you a good tour and for various points of interest.
Lovely spot to wander in as a tourist or as a way to kill some time. There’s an info centre with free maps that some might find a helpful starting point although the maps are a bit tricky to orient if you’re directionally challenged like me, otherwise just wander along a path until you find something interesting to photograph. Lots of access to water and bathrooms and clear signage and paths.
After spending the first 2 days well toasted in 38, 36 degree weather, the third day was a pleasant 19 degrees cloudy day which we capitalized on for a visit to Fitzroy Gardens. The garden was a short 15 min tram ride from the CBD area. Scenery was really good and really relaxing. It's surprising that there was little human traffic given how nice the place was. Besides very nice flowers, plants and trees, there were birds found throughout the park. We completed 60 percent of the park and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves including a long period we just sat down on the bench to watch the world go by.
Nestled amidst the bustling streets of Melbourne, Fitzroy Gardens was a delightful surprise. I wasn't expecting much from a city park, but stepping through the gates felt like entering another world. Lush greenery swallowed the noise of traffic, replaced by the melodic chirping of birds and the gentle gurgle of fountains.nnThe gardens themselves were a wonderland of manicured lawns, vibrant flower beds bursting with color, and these towering old elm trees that provided these cool, shady pockets. I spent ages wandering the paths, getting lost in the maze of hedges and stopping every few minutes to admire a particularly beautiful bloom or a quirky statue.nnOne of the highlights for me was Captain Cook's Cottage. Stepping inside that tiny house really transported me back in time. It's hard to imagine living in such a cramped space, but it definitely gave me a new appreciation for modern amenities! The Fairies Tree was another delightful discovery. All these little carved faces peeking out from the bark – it felt like something straight out of a fairytale.nnOverall, Fitzroy Gardens was a lovely escape from the urban jungle. It's a place where you can relax, recharge, and appreciate a bit of history and beauty. Whether you're a local or a tourist, I highly recommend taking a break and exploring this little oasis in the heart of Melbourne.
It's a great place to go to.nEspecially if you are an attempted influencer that lives in a shoebox with a dead plant in your bathroom.nShire is doing a magnificent job , keeping an awesome green space available for the crowds.
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