Flagstaff Gardens was originally the site of a signalling station that flagged the arrival of ships in the bay. The station still exists in the gardens which is at the northern end of the city, near the Queen Victoria Market. Established on the highest point of land in the city, they were Melbourne’s first public gardens.

Also known to early settlers as Burial Hill, the gardens were a pioneer burial site until the establishment of the Melbourne Cemetery (1853).

These days, the Gardens are the most highly used park in Melbourne (per square metre) and a popular lunch time oasis for workers in the city’s northwest.