Take the time to be in the outdoors and feel the difference. Picnics can be the ultimate in a family day out or an intimate day for two to reconnect and wash the worries of the week away. Fresh air, stunning views, amazing wildlife and spectacular gardens all make for an entirely wonderful adventure. We are also lucky here to be home to some incredible playground areas. Family fun at it's best!

Birdsland Reserve

Located in the southern area of the Dandenong Ranges, between Belgrave and Lysterfield Lake Park, is Birdsland Reserve, a 75ha bushland reserve that is home to native birds and animals. You may even spot a Platypus!

Borthwick Park Playground

Borthwick Park Playground
This large playground was constructed in 2011 and is particularly good for younger children, with an enormous 360 degree basket swing for older kids. This playground has lots of shade beneath giant California Redwoods and is adjacent to Belgrave Swimming Pool. No toilets.

Emerald Lake Park

Discover all Emerald Lake Park has to offer – paddle boat rides, model railway display, café, free barbeque facilities, Puffing Billy, walking tracks, seasonal wading pool, fishing. The Environment Centre offers a live aquatic display, information on flora and fauna, and information on the park.

George Tindale Gardens

Another one of the more beautiful gardens in the Dandenong Ranges is the unique George Tindale Gardens. Just meters from the iconic Alfred Nichols Gardens, it makes the perfect combination of sights to see whilst travelling through Sherbrooke, one of The Dandenong’s leafier suburbs.

Grants Picnic Ground

Asian visitors feeding the birds, Grants Picnic Grounds, Sherbrooke
Situated in the Sherbrooke Forest, Grants Picnic Ground has to be one of the top attractions of the Dandenong Ranges and is famous for its bird feeding and walking tracks.

Kabloom Festival (Tesselaar)

Showcasing over 40 specialist growers with a huge range of new, rare and unusual plants on offer. This expo brings a wide range of experts together in the one place, providing the opportunity to buy and speak direct with each grower.

Karwarra Australian Plant Garden and Nursery

Karwarra Australian Plant Garden and Nursery is set on two hectares at picturesque Kalorama in the Dandenong Ranges. Karwarra Plant Garden is devoted to displaying a diverse range of Australian plants in a landscaped setting.

Kays Picnic Ground

Close to the Sassafras end of the Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track is Kays Picnic Ground where you can stop to smell the gum trees and watch the wildlife!

Kurth Kiln Regional Park

Located a short distance from Melbourne, the park is mostly known for its kiln used during the Second World War to make charcoal for gas producer units fitted to motor cars. The park contains a range of forest types and is popular for picnicking, camping, walking and horse riding.

Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Park is a beautiful spot, not far from Melbourne, offering a range of recreational activities.

Montrose Community Playground

Large recreation space with sporting ovals, open space and bushland area and playground. The community-built all abilities wooden playground has lots of swings and a huge climbing net in the centre. This attractive bushy location has a sensory garden, animal sculptures and shade trees on three sides. Public toilets, picnic facilities and barbecues available.

Mount Dandenong Arboretum

The Mount Dandenong Arboretum extends over 16 hectares and contains a collection of maturing deciduous trees and conifers from around the world.

Mt Evelyn Skate Park

Street style skate park that transitions between a top and bottom level, offering varied skate experiences for the novice and more experienced skaters and riders. The skate park is located next to Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.

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