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Top 5 Siesta Spots in Melbourne

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by Jack Kilbride (subscribe)
I am a young freelance writer, living and studying in Melbourne. Follow me on twitter @jackkilbride1
Published August 12th 2013
A Day Sleeper's Guide to Melbourne's Best Sleeping Spots
Melbourne is a big city. There is lots to see and it can be a little exhausting trying to see it all, even if you are only jumping on and off trams all day. Sometimes, you need to take a step back and have a little rest to reboot and take in the rustle and bustle that is Melbourne.

But where can you catch a quick 40 winks? A nanny nap? A siesta?

Here is my list of Melbourne's top 5 sleepy hangouts.

1- Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of Melbourne's most stunning natural attractions. The luscious vegetation and thick green grass of the gardens are the perfect place for a secluded midday slumber. Spanning an impressive 38 hectares, you will never be without your own patch of turf to rest your head on.
Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens (image courtesy of: Visions of Victoria)

Being only a few minutes by tram from Flinders Street station and the city centre, it is extremely accessible. Although lying on the grass may not be an option during rainy winter days, there are undercover areas peppered throughout the gardens.

Tip: The Nympheas Lake is one of the real gems of the gardens and its grassy banks are a great spot for a nap.

2- Melbourne Central Community Kitchen Garden

Through a partnership with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, Melbourne Central have created one of the most popular hangouts for young students who need to rest their eyes, and for shoppers who need to rest their legs.

If you are someone who likes to literally 'shop till you drop', then Melbourne Central's Community Kitchen Garden is a lovely little oasis where you can have a lie down and take some free, fresh herbs home with you.
Melbourne Central Community Kitchen Garden
Melbourne Central Community Kitchen Garden- Perfect for when you shop till you drop

Situated on the level 2-link bridge, the synthetic grass floor of the garden is scattered with cushions and a few chairs to provide comfort among the plants.

Tip: For the best chance for a peaceful sleep, avoid during school holidays.

3- The Banks of The Yarra River

Although going for a swim in the Yarra River should never be advised, suggested or contemplated, taking a siesta on the grassy banks is something I personally encourage.

In the summer months the banks are lined with sunbakers on striped towels, avoiding the annoyance of getting sand in their shoes. Just like the Botanic Gardens, there is an almost endless amount of room to sprawl out by the river, the grass is soft and the surroundings are relaxing. The river, being surrounded by the city, also has great views of the skyscrapers for those of you who rest with your eyes open.
Fantastic scenery for a sleep (image courtesy of: Visions of Victoria)

Tip: You can access the river from a range of points but the best sleeping areas are those close to the back of Federation Square.

4- South Lawn The University of Melbourne
South lawn, melbourne university
South Lawn, an inviting mattress

Australia's number one university has arguably Melbourne's number one sleeping spot, South Lawn.

Sitting in the shadow of the stunning clock tower and surrounded by the sandstone walls of the old arts, law and physics buildings, the lush grass of South Lawn is always a welcome daybed.

Although it is a 10-minute tram ride up Swanston Street from Flinders Street Station, the scholarly green is in walking distance of Carlton's famous Lygon street. After a ridiculously large Italian feast on Lygon, South Lawn is a great spot to take that well deserved rest.

Tip: Unless you are a young academic, the best time to nap on South Lawn is during the summer holidays, when student shenanigans won't ruin your daydreams.

5- Fitzroy Gardens

Although it is not as famous as the Botanical Gardens, Melbourne is Australia's 'Garden City' and The Fitzroy Gardens is one of the cities best. Hosting a stunning conservatory (pictured) and Captain James Cook's cottage, the Fitzroy Gardens has a more British feel than its Botanical sister, with the original design utilising lines of English Elms to create walkways that form a Union-Jack.
COnservatory, Fitzroy Gardens
Conservatory, Fitzroy Gardens (image courtesy of: Visions of Victoria

In terms of sleeping material, the grass is thick and the towering blue gums provide some welcome shade for a summer siesta.

Tip: Being just around the corner from Melbourne's colourful Chinatown, a big Chinese meal followed by a nap in Fitzroy Gardens should be on your next weekend to do lists.
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Most of those I will wait till summer to try and catch a nap ;) But I was interested to find out about the Community Kitchen Garden. What a cool little spot and I didn't know it existed. Thanks for the hint :)
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2385 days ago
I will definitely be taking you up on these recommendations during the uni break in summer!!! Keep up the good work Jack!
by adjow (score: 0|2) 2384 days ago
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