Royal Botanic Gardens

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

If you’re visiting Melbourne and find yourself tiring of all the bustle of the city streets, why not take a trip down to the Royal Botanic Gardens and relax among the blossoming flowers and shady trees. Located in South Yarra, across from Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, the Royal Botanic Gardens are the perfect place to unwind and appreciate the beauty of nature.

Extending over 38 hectares, the Gardens are a botanist’s delight, featuring thousands of different species of plant from all over the world. Among the usual roses, cacti and Australian native plants that you would normally find in most gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens feature several collections of rare and exotic plant-life and flora, that have been cultivated and adapted to suit Melbourne’s temperate climate.

There is also an enormous ornamental lake located centrally in the Gardens, which provides a haven for native wildlife such as black swans, eels, and an assortment of other creatures. With all the incredible colours and leaf textures of the plants, still-life and nature photographers have plenty of inspiration for their folios, while dog walkers and parents with prams are a common site along the walking trails.

Children are not forgotten either, with the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden providing plenty of entertainment for kids as they explore the world of plants. The Royal Botanic Gardens are admittedly not for everyone- I know plenty of people who would be bored stiff if they had to go there- but for those who appreciate the natural beauty in life, the Gardens are a lovely escape away from the hectic city.

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