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19 Places To Really Chill The Fuck Out In Melbourne

Escape the rat race at these super relaxed spots.

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1. Onsen Ma Japanese Bathhouse, Melbourne CBD

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Wash your worries away at this traditional Japanese bathhouse in the CBD. Onsen Ma is a little slice of heaven where you can soak in private or public baths, or bliss out with a shiatsu massage.

2. St Kilda Beach, St Kilda

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From am to pm the St Kilda foreshore heaves with strollers, joggers, and sun-kissed tourists. The best time to soak up those chill seaside vibes? During a killer St Kilda sunset.

3. The Reading Room at the State Library, Melbourne CBD

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Flex your brain power under the iconic glass dome of the State Library’s La Trobe Reading Room. A popular tourist attraction, it might not be a cone of silence these days, but it will soothe the soul of anyone feeling studious.

4. Gravity Floatation Centre, Northcote and Armadale

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Being alone, naked, in darkness and silence, floating in an Epsom Salt bath in an enclosed pod might sound kinda creepy. But you’d be hella surprised how relaxing this meditative experience is.

5. Como House & Gardens, South Yarra

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The gardens at South Yarra’s historic Como House are a gorgeous spot to unwind. Grab a delish hamper from the Stables of Como and enjoy a lazy, weekend picnic. They're also home to the annual Paris to Provence Festival, which takes place every November. Bon appétit.

6. Brighton Dog Beach, Brighton

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Because puppies need downtime too. And you know you're happy when you're with your pets.

7. Travelling Samovar Tea House, Carlton North

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There are few things as relaxing as a warm cup of tea. Travelling Samovar elevates the art of the tea ceremony to the next level, and has a gorgeous leafy courtyard to recline in.

8. Albert Park Lake, Albert Park

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Try take a close-up photo of the swans, take a spin on your bike, or shuffle around the picturesque Albert Park Lake. Alternatively, you can always just lay out on a rug and watch the clouds float by.

9. Happy Melon Studios, Armadale

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Peace out at Happy Melon, a lush fitness studio in Armadale, which offers a mix of yoga, pilates, and meditation classes with a focus on the mind-body connection.

10. Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy North

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A lovely park where the cool kids go to relax in the shade.

11. Jawbone Marine Sanctuary, Williamstown

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This stunning hub of coastal and marine life in Williamstown is just 20 minutes drive from the CBD. Jawbone offers sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay, Point Cook, and the Bellarine Peninsula. There are also bird watching opportunities galore.

12. Collingwood Children’s Farm, Abbotsford

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Equally popular with little kids and big kids, this not-for-profit inner city farm takes up seven hectares of paddocks, gardens and country-chic buildings. Completely with a fab little cafe, this farm ensures our urban offspring can at least tell a cabbage from a carrot, and a piglet from a chicken.

13. Sunlighten Saunas, South Melbourne

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If you’re grossed out by old school, smelly saunas, you’re gonna love the new infrared, UV-free technology at Sunlighten. Think seriously igh tech sauna sessions for sweating it out in style. Bliss.

14. Royal Botanic Gardens, South Yarra

Take a punt tour on the ornamental lake, veg out in the cactus garden, pack a picnic, catch a moonlight flick, get your jog on… Melburnians love to chillax all over the Tan.

15. Elwood Beach Yoga, Elwood

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Salute the sun right next to the beach at this super zen bayside yoga studio.

16. Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford

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There’s a spiritual air about this former convent, which is now a thriving arts and community hub, and weekend hang for city dwellers. Explore the beautiful grounds, grab some treats from the Convent Bakery, enjoy high tea, or check out the craft markets.

17. Half Moon Bay, Black Rock

This crescent-shaped beach in Black Rock is an oasis of calm, and a top spot for snorkeling.

18. Serotonin Eatery, Burwood

Not only is Serotonin Eatery one of the yummiest cafes in town, the focus is on healthy food, scientifically proven to put a big fat smile on your dial.

19. Aurora Spa, St Kilda

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When all else fails to calm your nerves, Aurora Spa delivers.