The ultimate retreat while caught in the bustling city of Melbourne, is taking some time out in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Crisp air, chirping birds, and rich colours – the serenity is bliss.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne extends over 36 hectares and displays more than 50,000 plants. Diverse plant collections, year-round events, unique tours, and a reputation as one of the world’s finest gardens has made the Royal Botanic Gardens one of Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions.
Once you lose yourself within the gardens, you will feel as though you are hours away from civilisation. Every time I walk through, I have a completely different experience, which I’ve shown in my pictures below.
A 4km-long path, known as The Tan, circles the gardens, which is filled with hundreds of joggers at any time of the day – great inspiration to get moving! During the summer months, the gardens play host to the popular Moonlight Cinema. Regular educational activities, guided tours, and festivals are also hosted here.
- Admission: Free
- Opening Hours: 7.30am – sunset
Where to Stay
Angel and I much prefer to stay in apartments, rather than hotels, whenever we can. Last year, we found a little gem of a place, situated right by the gardens.
The owners, Jack and Stacey, have two apartments listed in this building (this and this), and we’ve now stayed in each of them. Both are absolutely gorgeous art deco, one-bedroom apartments, with SO much space. They have a great sized lounge room, full kitchen, even a separate dining/study area. The’re beautifully decorated apartments, making you feel right at home. Stacked-up book shelves, personalised notes with maps for local restaurants, all the basic appliances you need in the kitchen (plus many more), and we even arrived to a fresh bunch of lilies in the lounge room.
Getting to wake up each morning and take a walk through the gardens is priceless. So for a really beautiful experience of Melbourne, I highly recommend these apartments!