The St Kilda Botanical Gardens is the place to be if you prefer a peaceful outdoor experience from a simpler time.

Pack a picnic and walk through the 810 mature tree specimens all listed on the significant tree register. Stop and smell the roses in the Alister Clarke Rose Garden. Spend some time in the seasonal displays or educating yourself on the indigenous plants of Australia. And make friends with the locals – lorikeets, flying foxes or maybe even a tawny frog mouth.

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The gardens also have a huge list of built attractions including a giant playable chess board, an ornamental pond with the famous Rain Man statue, glass houses and the Eco-centre where you can find out how to live more a more sustainable lifestyle.

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