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.

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.

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.