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Yarra Bend Park
If you want to experience the Aussie bush without the long drive, head to this sprawling swath of natural parkland just ten minutes from the center of Melbourne. Perfect for families or couples looking to escape the urban bustle, the park features extensive walking tracks, including a well-marked path that leads to the small but beautiful Dights Falls. If you’re more about the eats than the exercise, make a beeline for the riverside Studley Park Boathouse, where you can enjoy scones and sandwiches on the shaded veranda, or rent a row boat and go for a quick paddle along the Yarra River.