The gardens – which are located in Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra – extend over 63 hectares and boast an impressive array of flora and fauna. According to their website, the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne has over 50,000 plants on display. Entry into the park is free and there is plenty to do once you're in there: take a picnic and sit amongst the Cherry Blossom trees for example, or have a go at the Hidden Park iPhone game.
There's even a secret garden for kids to explore where they can plant flowers or splash around in the fountain (provided the weather is above 25 degrees celsius). The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are open from 7am until sunset every day of the year.
Once you're done exploring the gardens, grab yourself a coffee or an ice-cream or even a glass of wine and a light meal at the pet-friendly Observatory Cafe.
The Observatory Cafe is situated just outside the Royal Botanic Gardens and opposite the glorious Shrine of Remembrance (which you should also check out this weekend if you're in the area). The cafe offers a wonderful menu that features an all-day breakfast, gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, pies, fresh salad, delicious cakes and yummy ice-cream.
They're also fully licensed so parents; you can grab yourselves a glass of wine or an ice-cold beer while you're kids scoff down ice-cream. The Observatory Cafe welcomes pets as well so bring the dog along for a 'puppyccino'. The cafe is open daily from 7am until 5pm.