We've had an excellent time in Melbourne so far, and one of the highlights was a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens located right in downtown Melbourne. This sprawling garden is packed with winding paths, grassy lawns, and lush forests for visitors to explore. The collection of native plants is impressive, and includes lots of tree ferns like the one shown above. It's mid-winter here right now, but many plants are still flowering, since it gets chilly here in the cold season but not particularly harsh. Photos of a very small selection of the species present in the garden are below; some don't have names as I couldn't find labels on them and I'm not all that familiar with the Australian flora!