What to do in Melbourne

Whether you are into flora and fauna or not, you would be hard­pressed not to leave happier after paying a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens. These grounds are open from 7:30 a.m. through sunset but it is important to note that it is closed from mid­July through mid­September.

There is a reason why the Royal Botanical Gardens are one of the most popular tourist spots in Melbourne — it is indeed a sight to see and it is considered one of the foremost botanic gardens on a global scale. It is located alongside the Yarra River and the mini­ecosystems present here are truly impressive. The Royal Botanical Gardens are a suitable tourist spot for those who are not looking to rush but rather to take their time. You can read here, enjoy a picnic, or play a game of frisbee.

If you come here during the summer, there are theatre performances that you can watch and enjoy. There is also an observatory, a children’s garden, and other worthwhile activities to engage in.

Another option in Melbourne is the Port Philip Eco Centre. The centre runs monthly tours that allow visitors to witness the environment of the seafront in the area.

If you are the type who enjoys partaking in organized tours, there are more than a few that you can choose from that will take you across different parts of Melbourne, including the outer fringes where there are a lot of new house and land packages available for young families. Whether you wish to hop aboard a colonial tramcar with your family members, a significant other, or all by yourself, that option is wide open. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can opt to go kayaking.

You can also opt to do the Melbourne street art tours which are in demand amongst many a tourist. These are priced at $69 a head and are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. onwards. The cool thing about these tours is that the guides are street artists themselves.

For the bookworms, consider checking out the State Library of Victoria. There are more than two million books to be read here and it is absolutely breathtaking ­ particularly the La Trobe Reading Room. Free guided tours are available here and free wi­fi is also accessible to visitors. You can picnic on the lawn of the library or dine in its bistro. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays to Sundays.

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