Ade­laide Botanic Gar­den, SA

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What’s not to love about this peace­ful 50ha oa­sis lo­cated in the heart of the city? It is beau­ti­fully laid out and there is lots to see. Stroll through the Ama­zon Wa­terlily Pavil­ion, which houses a favourite of mine – the world’s largest wa­terlily, Vic­to­ria ama­zon­ica from South Amer­ica, with its float­ing leaves that look like gi­ant din­ner plates and mea­sure up to 2m in di­am­e­ter. Wa­ter plants shine in the gar­dens in sum­mer. The pink sa­cred lo­tus will be in full, splen­did bloom. There’s noth­ing more beau­ti­ful than a pond of these grace­ful flow­ers, which evokes mem­o­ries of trips to Asia. One visit here and you could be trans­ported to sip­ping cock­tails in the trop­ics. botan­ic­gar­dens.sa.gov.au, (08) 8222 9311

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