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Portals of the Week Series: Captain Cooks’ Cottage

… well, technically it hasn’t been ‘portals of the week’ lately, seeing as the last entry in this series was quite a while ago!  This week’s portal is Captain Cooks’ Cottage:


Captain Cooks’ Cottage (also known as Cooks’ Cottage) sits in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens:


Cooks’ Cottage was built in 1755 in Great Ayton in North Yorkshire, by the parents of James Cook. There does not appear to be any official evidence showing that James himself lived in the cottage.

The information below has been taken from the Wikipedia entry for Cooks’ Cottage:

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.

In the Fitzroy Gardens, you’ll find more portals, one being the Conservatory (photo strategically taken to avoid including work utes):



The Fitzroy Gardens are popular with families because of the model Tudor village and the Fairy Tree:


Photo from Wikipedia entry for Fitzroy Gardens

Grab a picnic, grab your scanner and enjoy!

Previous Portals of the Week:


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Portal Parks and Playgrounds series: Coburg Lake Reserve

Pssst!  Hey kids! You know what it’s like when your parents are Agents.  They come to you all excited and they say “junior darling, there’s this fantastic new park we heard about!  We want to take you there!  Now!”  And you’re all “but MUUUUUMMM it’s three o’clock in the morning!”  And then your parents start grumbling about new uncaptured portals and then your dad starts to have a bit of a tanty .  So you have to say “GO AND SIT ON THE NAUGHTY STEP”.  But they keep saying no no no no I want the new portals I want the new portals waaah waaah.  So you sigh, put your slippers and dressing gown on, grab the car keys and keep your eyes closed in the back seat while mum does a burnout in the driveway.  And then off you all go.

Well now you can call the shots and if mum and dad refuse YOU THREATEN TO TAKE THEIR INTEL AWAY.  We’ll help you by telling you about cool parks and playgrounds that are conveniently located near portals.

And so welcome to our first post in the Parks and Playgrounds category of the Melbourne Enlightened Blog!


TARGET: Coburg Lake Reserve

PORTALS: Lucano, Alevi Elders.  A little further away you will find the Pentridge Gate portal.


Lucano portal


Alevi Elders portal

Let’s start at the Alevi Elders portal side of Coburg Lake Reserve.  Here you’ll find a playground with a cool rocket ship thingy:


You can fit your whole family on this swing.  Trust us:


There are tables and benches by the lake:


To head towards the Lucano portal, you cross the lake:


then get up to where Lucano is located.  If you’re made of tough stuff, you can try climbing this:


… but it’s easier to go this way:


At the Lucano side of Coburg Lake Reserve you’ll find another playground.  Do you think this swing would be better if it seated eight?  Get it?  That’s an Ingress joke:


There’s this cool little lounge room thingy where you can sit and hack Lucano:


For younger children there’s this wobble wobble thing and a little maze:




Flying Fox!!!  It holds an adult.  Believe me:


Coburg Lake Reserve is great for picnics and for fitness too.  There is a track around the lake and some free public fitness equipment.

Do you have a favourite park or playground near a portal, or one you can suggest?  Please leave a comment!