Relaxing Sanctuary and perfect escape from the CBD
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After working my ass off with two jobs for 3 months I have found myself working in the evenings which gives me free reign to explore Melbourne in the day time. Even just the CBD and central city areas have so many interesting places and things to do. You are never short of a nice building to look at or a well-sculptured park to sit in.
I had walked around the parks that encircle the Royal Botanical Gardens but had not actually been in there in the summer period. A nice hot day crept out of the Melbourne winter and I had a few hours to kill so I decided I would take a book with me and go and have a look around.
I walked through the lesser parks and entered the gardens through the Lynch Gate. Just before this entrance is some womens day shrine which has a fountain in a little cornered off area. Very nice and very relaxing. I knew I was in for a treat if there were gems like this lining the entrance to the park.
Walking through the Lynch Gate was like walking into Jurassic Park with lots of ancient oaks and established eucalyptus trees everywhere. Everything was nicely landscaped with varying levels of plantation and different areas dedicated to different plant species. Everything was kept trim and tidy and a lot of the plants in the garden are well labelled.
I walked around the whole park in an anti-clockwise fashion and there were a few visitors but no dogs or screaming children – it was very peaceful. When you go down to the main lake area they have these weird water birds that make this reverberant bleep noise that bounces off everything and messes with your sense of sound direction.
There are benches everywhere with some ‘in memory’ and some just blank. The grass is so well-kept throughout the park that it almost invites you to lay on it and reconnect with the ground. I found a gem of a spot to read my book in and laid here for a few hours absorbing the changing weather and park atmosphere.
You can easily walk around the whole thing in an hour and come out at the shrine of remembrance.
Here I got caught in the flag lowering tradition and hand to stand and watch the flags being lowered. it felt like I was a boy scout all over again.
I can safely say this is the most relaxing and picturesque place I have been in central Melbourne and they really have made an effort here with the wealth of tropical and foreign plants you will find.
As the winter draws in on Melbourne I will be making the best of the nice days I have left here and using this place as my reading base and chill out in the daytime.