What is it? This expansive garden is home to a cool 8,500 plant species, zen lakes and lush lawns.
Why go? Melbourne is lucky enough to have its Royal Botanic Gardens smack bang in the middle of the city. Being so accessible, the gardens are ideal for a picnic or even just somewhere different to eat your workday lunch. The expansive grounds means you’re rarely forced to awkwardly face off with someone for a good spot of turf.
Don't miss: Hopping on a boat for Punting on the Lake (reopens November 19, 2021) or having a picnic in the gardens. Around Ornamental Lake seems like the obvious scenic choice for your go-to picnic location, but that’s exactly why you should think again. Explore the gardens thoroughly and we reckon you’ll find your favourite new al fresco nook in no time. If you forget your lunch, make a beeline for Jardin Tan for Vietnamese cuisine.