Royal Exhibition and Carlton Gardens World Heritage Management Plan Review

The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens is Victoria’s first World Heritage listed site. Its architecture and history make it a place of special significance. Occupied by Aboriginal people of the Kulin Nation prior to the European settlement of Melbourne, the 64-acre area now known as the Carlton Gardens was first reserved for public use in 1852.

Large 1870s exhibition building
Royal Exhibition Building

In 2020 the World Heritage Management Plan for the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens is being reviewed, to make sure future generations continue to enjoy its history and beauty. The Heritage Act 2017 requires a World Heritage Management Plan to be reviewed every seven years.

Heritage Victoria within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the City of Melbourne and Museums Victoria are jointly coordinating the review, with input from the City of Yarra and the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

As we review the site’s World Heritage Management Plan, we want to hear from you about the future of managing this important site and its surrounds.

From June to July 2020 you are invited to participate and tell us how you think the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens should be managed, protected and accessed.

The first phase of public consultation on the World Heritage Management Plan and World Heritage site has now closed. You can view the online information session and Q&A below.

Watch a short introduction to the site and review


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