The lovely landscaped grounds of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens spread for almost 100 acres south of the city center, providing Melbourne with the much-appreciated foliage of more than 50,000 plants.
The gardens were established in 1846, and over the years they've become recognised as one of the finest examples of Victorian-era landscaping in the world. The mix of native and introduced species provides inspiration for would-be gardeners, and the manicured lawns are a popular spot for picnics and parties.
You'll find tranquil ornamental lakes dotted with waterbirds, a herbarium and an observatory, plus conservatories and glasshouses filled with exotic blooms. Follow winding pathways past fern gullies and eucalyptus, or join Melbourne's joggers running rings around The Tan, the gardens' running track
Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens are on the southern bank of the Yarra River, edging the upmarket suburb of South Yarra. They're a pleasant 15-minute walk from the city center – just cross the river to St Kilda Road then follow your nose into the trees. Trams run up and down St Kilda Road throughout the day, or you can take a South Yarra-bound tram to Domain Road to enter the gardens through the main gate.