I traveled to Melbourne recently with a toddler in tow. We had already been to Fed Square playground and I was looking for something else that might be fun for the little one. The guy at the visitors centre in Fed Square told me that Fitzroy Gardens have a model tudor village and a fairy tree which I thought sounded perfect.
We walked the 4 or 5 blocks from Fed Square to the Gardens. It is a flat walk but nothing very interesting to see on the way. The model tudor village and Fairy tree are in the middle of the gardens and both are next to each other. Unfortunately they are both behind fences and there is no access. So you can only stand outside the fence and look in. I am lucky my daughter is not a bit older because if she understood that we were going to a fairy tree she would have been really disappointed when she couldn't get anywhere near it. She was happy just to get out of the pram and walk through the gardens looking at the Autumn leaves. I was more disappointed than her because I had just pushed a heavy pram with 2 kids in it several blocks for no good reason.
The gardens themselves are nice but I think we would have been better off heading over to the Botanic Gardens. Fitzroy gardens are nice to visit but no better than any other park around the city and certainly not worth a special trip to see the model village and fairy tree.