Anyone traveling with children wants—nay, needs—wide-open green spaces. Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden is just that, with a whopping seventy acres of it, and admission is free. Top gardens include the Australian Rainforest Garden, brimming with the most unusual plants native to the country; the Fernery; and the fragrant Palace Rose Garden, which is just impossibly beautiful. There’s a central pavilion with restaurants and great coffee, plus a section devoted to succulents and other prickly things. The whole complex pulses with animals, birds, and Australia’s rare botanicals. The garden is the perfect destination for an afternoon’s idyll—spend a lazy few hours wandering around, sipping a coffee, and inhaling the scent of a gazillion flowers.

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