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Sometimes living in a big city can be tiring. The hustle and bustle of being can be a lot for anyone, but when you have anxiety, it can be too much all together. Even though the people in Melbourne in general give you plenty of space, and none of the streets feel enclosed, I’ve still been struggling with anxiety a lot when walking around.

I just needed a day of open space, quiet, and calm.

As it turns out, you really don’t need to go far at all to get some greenery in Melbourne.

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The Shrine of Remembrance, a beautiful monument dedicated to all Australians who have lost their lives in the line of military service, can be seen from the corner of Flinders Street train station, the heart of the city. We head in that direction only because we knew that it would be beside parks, but when we got there we found it so quiet and peaceful that we stayed for a while.

We were able to walk there in 10 minutes, or its about two stops on a tram.

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From the top you can see the most beautiful views of the city, but with so much empty space between it and you, you can truly appreciate it without all of the stress and anxiety that comes with it.

The Shrine of Remembrance is a beautiful building, and inside it is a perfect tribute to those whom it is dedicated to. Out of respect, I didn’t take any photos, but it was filled with poppies as Remembrance Day hasn’t long past.


Over the road, to the right of the Shrine as you leave the doors, is one of the entrances to the Royal Botanical Gardens, where our adventure for serenity truly starts.


My name is Palest Girl In-Oz and I’ll be your tour guide today.

So, the Royal Botanical Gardens are just south of the river outside of the CBD. I guess we got lucky on the day that we went, because it was red hot but also extremely quiet. We barely saw anyone at all, which was exactly why I liked it.

There’s so many parts to this incredibly large park, so many that we only managed to see a handful in the hours that we were there, but most of the photos below are from my new favourite spot in Melbourne – the Bamboo Forest.

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Can you believe that one minute you’re looking over a city, and then 10 minutes later you’re walking through a forest trail?

It was exactly what I needed, and cheered me up for the rest of the week.

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There’s plenty of picnic spots, and wildlife spots, and it’s hard not to appreciate the work that the staff put into maintaining such a diverse collection.

And the best part of the day? We only spent a few dollars on getting transport into the CBD in the first place. If you want to add more fun to your free day out, we passed the National Art Gallery of Victoria on our initial walk to the Shrine of Remembrance, so you can squeeze that in if you have time.


See you again some time this week!


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