If you’re looking to recharge your batteries and soak up a bit of nature the Royal Botanic Gardens is the perfect place. Not only is it a few minutes from the city, but entry is free which means you can visit as often as you like. The gardens open at 7.30am every day of the year and gates close when the sun goes down. You can walk or take a tram down St Kilda Road from Flinders St Station, though parking is also available in the surrounding streets.
Autumn is a lovely time to visit the Botanic Gardens where you can see the seasons changing as trees shed their leaves. There are more than 50,000 individual types of plants around which you can see by walking through the different collections, including the beautiful Rose gardens or the cool Fern Gully. A walk around the Ornamental Lake is also great for exercising and bird watching.
While the gardens are great in general for energetic children The Ian Potter Children’s Garden is of special interest. Children can explore and play in a specially designed environment and the kitchen garden is great for kids to learn about herbs and vegetables.
If you’re feeling tired after all the walking, there are plenty of lawns in which to sit, nap, or have a snack. Lunch and refreshments are also available at The Terrace which has a great view overlooking the lake. The Observatory Café is also open daily for tea, coffee and a bite to eat.