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Have some downtime in Fiji

The capital city of Fiji, Suva, is constantly busy and full of life. When you're travelling with your children, it can be nice to have some downtime and take a break from the sensory overload. The parks in this city are absolutely lovely, and a great place to go when you feel like having a relaxed day.

Albert Park

The park is lovely, lush and green, lined with tropical palm trees and right on the water. It makes for the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. Just grab some tasty treats to enjoy when you're lounging on the grass.

Interestingly, it was where Australian aviator, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith landed during his epic trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia in 1928. On top of that, it was where the new national flag of Fiji was hoisted for the first time in October 1970.

Thurston Botanical Gardens

These gardens are right next to Albert Park. European plants and trees, introduced during colonial times, are dotted throughout the gardens and make an interesting contrast to the gloriously colourful and lush tropical vegetation.

This area is known for being peaceful, with places throughout perfect for a picnic, or to take a book or music to enjoy a balmy afternoon. There are the distinctive structures of the clock tower and bandstand, that have been recently restored to their former glory.

Once known as the Suva Botanical Gardens, the name was changed to honour John Bates Thurston, the fifth Governor of Fiji. John Thurston was a key reason the gardens exist today. It was he who called in the help of John Horne, a Director of Forests and Botanic Gardens, in 1879 and began the project.

If you feel like exploring more, the Fiji Museum is just a few minutes away and offers an amazing collection, including pieces from the country's indigenous history.