Head to the scenic Fitzroy Gardens, nestled in Melbourne’s busy cityscape. Take a stroll around the park and you'll notice some heritage highlights, including Captain Cook’s 1755 family home uprooted from Yorkshire and re-assembled here in the 1930s, a conservatory, and a collection of fountains, statues and memorials. The park is blissfully underused, especially on the weekends. You can always find a secluded spot from which to admire the avenues of mature elms and rare specimen trees from the 19th century.
We love the buzz and hum of our busy city, with its eclectic architecture and graffitied laneways. But if you're looking to tune out the noise, there are plenty of places to retreat to for some quiet R and R. These peaceful spots are perfect for a moment of meditation, reading or journaling and offer respite from crowds and loud noises. Check out these restful places, from libraries and parks to beaches and baby animals.