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Melbourne has one of the finest collection of parks and gardens of any city in the world and the good news is that the best gardens are within easy walking distance of the city. The Royal Botanic Gardens, in particular, are regarded as among the world's finest botanic gardens and are situated within a few hundred metres of Flinders Street Station at the southern perimeter of the CBD.

The city's English town planners allowed for huge areas of land to be set aside for parklands and gardens and these areas have been preserved and enhanced over the past hundred years. Visitors flying into Melbourne are often surprised at the vast tracts of greenery surrounding the Central Business District. To a large degree, the heart of the city is enclosed by parklands and gardens.

Even Melbourne's streets take on a green note, as its main boulevards and many of its streets are lined with trees, in particular London plane trees. It is a little known fact that Melbourne has more than 18,000 street trees (as distinct from 20,000 park trees) with an estimated value of more than $350 million. These trees are now managed by the City of Melbourne.

Gardens and parklands close to the CBD include:

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