If there’s anywhere you can escape the madness of the city CBD without actually leaving it, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the place. Located on the city’s fringe, this expansive garden is home to a cool 8,500 plant species, zen lakes and lush lawns. Workshops, tours, walks and talks showcase the intricacies of the gardens – from star-gazing night tours in the Melbourne Observatory to science seminars, which explore the phylogeography of coconut. Plus, the Aboriginal Heritage Walk takes you on a journey into the history of the Koolin nation.
Update 27/07/2021: Victorians can meet in groups of up to ten people in public places as we emerge from the state's fifth lockdown.
Melbourne is home to more skyscrapers than anywhere else in Australia – but our concrete jungle is offset by actual jungle, with gorgeous parks dotted in and around the city. For when you're craving a little Mother Nature, head to one of these lush urban oases.
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