The Memorial Gardens are settled on Lower Stirling Drive. It is an important part of the landscape of this area, and an extension of the Rotunda on the upper level of Stirling Terrace. They are also known as, RSL Gardens and Nurses' Memorial Gardens. Part of the Memorial Gardens is Queens Gardens originally planted in 1897 on the embankment of Stirling Terrace. memorial Gardens have aesthetic, historic and social heritage significance.
These gardens were originally established to mark Queen Victoria's Jubilee of 1897. Advice on planting had been sought from a famous German born Australian botanist Sir Ferdinand von Mueller. A naturalist William Webb, a collector and supplier of native seeds, gave local advice. The RSL Memorial garden was established in 1935 in remembrance of World War I and the Boer War. Owing to deterioration the original memorial was replaced in 2000.
Formal, geometrically planned garden in overall circular shape, Rose beds, Central bird bath on top of RSL memorial plinth.
Surrounded by heritage places eg. Lionetti's Emporium, Post Office, Rotunda, Railway Station/Tourist Bureau with a Rose arch entry
RSL Memorial pink and green granite plinth topped by a limestone cement birdbath
Source State Heritage