The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and St Kilda Pier, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Out of all the free things to do in Melbourne, visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is my ultimate favorite.

There is no question about it, this the city crowning jewel, a 94-hectare urban sanctuary of native and exotic plant species, spacious lawns and tranquil lake.
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It is a breath of fresh air in truest sense, a respite on a city that can be crowded and hectic at times, and where you can feel closest to nature without venturing far away.
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The park is easy to navigate on your own, with signage that are easy to follow, but to get more context or even learn more, a free guided tour called the Aboriginal Heritage Walk is also an option to consider. A good walking shoes is a must, especially if you are keen to really explore the parks many trails. If you are a family traveling with kids, The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is just the right place to introduce kids to the beauty of the park.

I went to Royal Botanic Gardens on my own, walked starting from the Flinders Street Station direction and ended my tour at The Shrine of Remembrance. I spent a considerable amount of time inside the park, specifically at the Ornamental lake, watching people navigating the waters on a punt boat ride.
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From the Royal Botanical Gardens and with enough time left, I hopped on the tram and made my way to St. Kilda for an evening with little penguins who are residing at the breakwater area.
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I did not spot any penguins but I consider my visit at St. Kilda Pier a worthy effort. It is a good place to just sit quietly, enjoy the sea breeze and wait for the sunset. The pier sort of reminded me of the movie poster of Never Let Me Go.
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