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  • Hindsight Exhibition

    Hindsight Exhibition

    1 June - 30 June 2017

    If given the chance, what would you say to your younger self? Share the wisdom of senior community members through an exhibition of portrait photography, past and present. This exhibition program features words of wisdom, interviews and a community reflection space. Presented by Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries.

    If given the chance, what would you say to your younger self?

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  • Winter Festival 2017

    Friday, June 30 2017

    This Winter, the Werribee City Centre will be transformed for a weekend of fun including evening arts experiences, fantastic food and family friendly school holiday activities. Watton Street will be lit up with themed light installations and residents are being encouraged to come and walk the strip to sample fancy food offerings, watch street performers and experiencing it all to a soundscape. Loads of free entertainment, activities and fun for all the family. 

     

    This Winter, the Werribee City Centre will be transformed for a weekend of fun including evening arts experiences, fantastic food and family friendly school holiday activities.

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  • 5000 Poppies workshop

    Monday, 3 July 2017

    Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne for Remembrance Day in 2013. This tribute sparked a massive community outpouring with an estimated 50,000 plus contributors to the project and hundreds of smaller, local installations throughout Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Join project Co-founder Lynn Berry for facilitated poppy making workshops.  

    Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine o

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  • RMIT Bundoora West Campus, Plenty Road, Bundoora

    The Keelbundoora Scarred Tree Trail & Heritage Trail

    Thursday, 6 July 2017

    Join us for a day of family-focused activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2017. City of Whittlesea has partnered with the Ngarara Willim Centre at RMIT to offer a range of activities, including a guided tour of the Keelbundoora Scarred Tree and Heritage Trail at the Bundoora West Campus led by Wurundjeri elder, Ian Hunter. Image: John Milkins.

    Join us for a day of family-focused activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2017.

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  • Truffle and Charcuterie Celebration

    Truffle and Charcuterie Celebration

    Sunday, 9 July 2017

    Celebrate culinary decadence at its finest at Prahran Market’s Truffle and Charcuterie Celebration where luxury ingredients take center stage. Enjoy a mouth-watering array of tasting experiences and take-home goods from a variety of Market traders; be entertained by back-to-back celebrity cooking demos in the Omega by Neil Perry kitchen and lap up the bustling atmosphere at Melbourne's premiere Market.

    Celebrate culinary decadence at its finest at Prahran Market’s Truffle and Charcuterie Celebratio

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  • Multicultural Night

    Multicultural Night

    Thursday, 20 July 2017

    Lalor is a diverse and vibrant suburb. Join us for an evening of entertainment from the colourful array of groups who make up the Lalor community. No matter what your cultural background, there will be something for everyone to enjoy at this fun-filled event.

    Lalor is a diverse and vibrant suburb.

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  • Frolic, Food & Film Night

    Frolic, Food & Film Night

    Friday, 25 August 2017

    Come and watch Dads who can Dance, a performance created by Ausdance and families from Mernda Primary School, before dusting off your dance shoes and getting your groove on, then settle back to watch a classic dance movie. Healthy food will be available at reasonable prices, or bring your own to share.

    Come and watch Dads who can Dance, a performance created by Ausdance and families from Mernda Pri

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  • Open Cellars of the Artisan Hills

    Open Cellars of the Artisan Hills

    14 October - 15 October 2017

    Visit cellars that are not always open and taste wines that are not always on offer!  Come and meet the winemakers of boutique wineries and share their passion for the exceptional quality wines they produce in this special part of the Yarra Valley. The weekend is an excuse for winemakers to make available some limited releases and offer some special prices or events they don’t do for the rest of the year! No entry charge or tasting fee.

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  • Whittlesea Agricultural Show

    4 November - 5 November 2017

    Grand parade, wood chopping, livestock pavilion, animal nursery, home crafts, free entertainment, working vintage engine display, rides, show bags and gourmet food expo.

    Grand parade, wood chopping, livestock pavilion, animal nursery, home crafts, free entertainment,

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  • Eltham, Community, Food, Wine, Activities, Fireworks, pets, family

    Rotary Eltham Town Festival

    11 November 2017

    Eltham town comes alive with parades, competitions, food, wine and an abundance of activities for the whole family. The festival attracts over 30,000 people over the weekend and includes an incredible Fireworks Display, the Pet Parade and a huge array of entertainment and activities.

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  • Creek Trails

    Creek Trails

    The Merri Creek Trail is 21km long and starts at Dights Falls near the meeting point of the Merri Creek and Yarra River. The trail follows the creek, passing through Coburg Lake Reserve, the Brunswick Velodrome and CERES Community Environment Park. The Moonee Ponds Creek Trail is 25km long and starts at Docklands on Footscray Road following the creek, going under and around the Tullamarine Freeway. After Bell Street the trail meanders north through a series of parks.

    The Merri Creek Trail is 21km long and starts at Dights Falls near the meeting point of the Merri Creek and Yarra River.

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  • Banksia Park

    Banksia Park

    Banksia Park is loved by family and friends for picnics, short strolls or effortless bike rides along the Yarra River bends. Exercise dogs in the off lead fenced area, add a visit Heide Museum of Modern Art, or just lay under the canopy of trees and enjoy the fresh air. Dogs are permitted in the park but must remain on a leash at all times (except within the fenced dog off-leash enclosure).

    Banksia Park is loved by family and friends for picnics, short strolls or effortless bike rides a

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  • Organ Pipes National Park

    Organ Pipes National Park

    The Organ Pipes National Park takes its name from the spectacular basalt columns, giving us a glimpse of the rich geological history of this landscape. Picnic tables and toilets are provided, or bring your own gas barbecue, picnic rug and your favourite snacks and cook up a storm!

    The Organ Pipes National Park takes its name from the spectacular basalt columns, giving us a gli

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  • Victory Park

    Victory Park, Chelsea

    Look out for the Lighthouse! Next to the beach at Chelsea, come and enjoy the lighthouse and sand castle playground at Victory Park. The park features a lighthouse with spiral staircase and great views across the Bay, a sand castle, sand pit diggers, swings and a boat.

    Look out for the Lighthouse!

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  • Walking and Cycling Trails in Whitehorse

    Walking and Cycling Trails in Whitehorse

    Whitehorse has an abundance of walking tracks and bike routes that are suitable for all different levels of fitness and of different lengths. With trials located all throughout the municipality, there are many options for cyclists and walkers to explore stunning scenery, picturesque views and beautiful landscapes that Whitehorse has to offer.

     

    Whitehorse has an abundance of walking tracks and bike routes that are suitable for all different

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  • Moreland Parks and Wetlands

    Moreland Parks and Wetlands

    Randazzo Park in Brunswick is an award winning park with lawn areas, an innovative children’s playground, timber boardwalk, wheelchair accessible picnic tables and timber sun lounges for reading the newspaper. Other great spaces include Harmony Park in Coburg and Coburg Lake Reserve, all with communal areas and great places to spend a sunny Saturday!  

    Randazzo Park in Brunswick is an award winning park with lawn areas, an innovative children’s playground, timber boardwalk, wheelchair accessible picnic tables and timber sun lounges for reading the newspaper.

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  • Braeside Park

    Braeside Park

    Braeside Park is a great park for a family day out, with an adventure playground to keep the kids happy, barbecues and a picnic area, as well as lots of easy walking and cycling trails.

    Braeside Park is a great park for a family day out, with an adventure playground to keep the kids

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  • Patterson River

    Patterson River

    Patterson River is a thriving canal system of the Patterson Lakes residential area. There are four public boat ramps, parking for cars and trailers and riverside picnic facilities and electric barbecue facilities make it the perfect venue for family boating expeditions. The nearby National Water Sports Centre is used by a wide range of water sport groups. 

    Patterson River is a thriving canal system of the Patterson Lakes residential area.

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  • The Grange Reserve (UFO Park)

    The Grange Reserve (UFO Park)

    Located on Osborne Avenue in Clayton South, the UFO was designed by Council to reflect the 1966 Westall UFO incident. The children’s play space features a silver UFO with red slides and warp-control as well as other equipment. In addition to the children’s play space, the park also has BBQ facilities, shade and plenty of space to have a picnic with ample parking spots and public toilets.

     

    Located on Osborne Avenue in Clayton South, the UFO was designed by Council to reflect the 1966 W

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  • Farmer’s Markets at the Old Cheese Factory

    Farmer’s Markets at the Old Cheese Factory

    Held on the second Saturday of the month in the picturesque gardens of the local farming property of The Old Cheese Factory in Berwick. The site has many amenities including a childrens playground and cafe. Farm fresh and organic seasonal fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices, honey, cheeses, jams, condiments and preserves, rare and free range lamb, beef, pork, certified free range eggs, herb and vegetable seedlings. British pies, fruit pies, cakes, artisan loaves and much more.

    Held on the second Saturday of the month in the picturesque gardens of the local farming property

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  • Footscray Park

    Footscray Park

    Located on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Footscray Park is a picturesque space to relax and play. It is one of the largest and most intact examples of an Edwardian period public garden in Australia, with formal and informal pathways, garden beds and pergola. Designed in 1911 by noted architect Rodney Alsop, Footscray Park is now heritage listed. Some of its hidden treasures include the Henry Lawson memorial, platypus fountain and a shelter built by Footscray Technical School.

    The 15-hectare park provides beautiful views across the Maribyrnong River to Flemington Racecourse and features playgrounds, large open spaces, barbecues, an outdoor stage, ornamental ponds and disabled public toilets. The park is also host to a number of events throughout the year.

    Located on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Footscray Park is a picturesque space to relax and

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  • Brimbank Park

    Brimbank Park

    Brimbank Park offers an ideal setting for picnics, walks, fishing, canoeing and bird watching. The new Playscape is a haven for creative play that will inspire children and their families to connect with nature.  For those who forget their picnic gear there is a great little cafe in the visitors centre that has you covered for food and drink. Walk off the food with a self-guided tour around the park and enjoy you day! 

    Brimbank Park offers an ideal setting for picnics, walks, fishing, canoeing and bird watching.

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  • Plenty Gorge Park

     Walk to the beautiful Plenty River Gorge and marvel at the diverse wildlife within the park.  Enjoy a quiet picnic, play ball games or fly a kite in the wide open spaces of Yarrambat Picnic Area.  Hawkestowe Picnic Area is the perfect spot for a barbecue, with views to the Plenty River and the historic Le Page Homestead as a backdrop. 

     Walk to the beautiful Plenty River Gorge an

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  • Kingston Heath Reserve

    Kingston Heath Reserve

    Kingston Heath Reserve is one of the most popular parks in Kingston with a range of amenities including several sports fields, dogs’ off-lead area, public toilets, car parking, long walking trails and the Kingston Botanic Gardens. The playground includes a variety of play settings such as sand, a rocky stream, lots of play equipment and a large net and fire truck.

    Kingston Heath Reserve is one of the most popular parks in Kingston with a range of amenities inc

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  • Kingston Arts

    Kingston Arts

    Culture that captures the imagination. Scratch the surface of the City of Kingston and you’ll find a thriving arts and cultural scene that’s buzzing with dynamic, diverse and high quality creative programs. 

    Kingston showcases the finest local and national talent, and champions artistic endeavor of all kinds from all corners of our diverse community. Experience, inspire, challenge yourself, and most of all enjoy your journey of cultural discovery in the City of Kingston. Get involved in your local arts scene and discover what Kingston Arts has to offer.

    Culture that captures the imagination.

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  • Footscray Markets

    Footscray Market, Corner Hopkins and Leeds Streets, Footscray;

    Little Saigon Market, Byron Street, Footscray

    There is no better place to shop for affordable fresh food than Footscray. You are spoilt for choice with two fabulous markets.

    The Footscray Market is a large bustling indoor market with a wide selection of fresh produce, seafood and general goods. You’ll also find an exotic range of produce including lotus flowers, pigs’ ears and cassava root. Open Tuesday – Saturday.

    The Little Saigon Market provides an energizing Asian market shopping experience. There’s a huge range of produce with some stalls offering tasting plates of freshly cut fruit. It is a great place for exotic items, fresh meat and fish along with a wide variety of cheap fruit and veg. It is very popular with the local Vietnamese community. Open seven days.

     

    Footscray Market, Corner Hopkins and Leeds Streets, Footscray;

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  • Cheetham Wetlands

    Cheetham Wetlands

    Cheetham Wetlands, consisting of salt marshes and natural and artificial lagoons of Skeleton Creek, are a natural bird haven. These internationally significant wetlands provide important feeding and habitat areas for thousands of migratory birds from Japan, Siberia and New Zealand. The Tower is a public art commisson which provides a visible symbol and celebration of migration to Australia.

    Cheetham Wetlands, consisting of salt marshes and natural and artificial lagoons of Skeleton Cree

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  • Point Cook Coastal Park & Marine Sanctuary

    Point Cook Marine Sanctuary

    Point Cook Coastal Park, adjoining the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary, features abundant birdlife, a historic bluestone homestead and intertidal sandbanks. It is popular with birdwatchers, nature lovers and family groups. The beach picnic area has everything you need for a perfect family day out - free gas barbecues, picnic tables, taps, shade shelters, two playgrounds and toilets.  If picnics are not your style, the Homestead Restaurant is fully licensed and serves excellent meals. 

    At nearby Cheetham Wetlands, see migratory waterbirds and enjoy the views from the Tower. A combination of narrow sandy beaches, rocky reefs and mud flats, this park hosts a huge diversity of marine and coastal life. The marine sanctuary is a no-take area.

    Point Cook Coastal Park, adjoining the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary, features abundant birdlife,

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  • Carrum Foreshore Playground

    Carrum Foreshore Playground

    Carrum Foreshore Playground is ideally located right next to the beach in Carrum. There is sand throughout the play area, a little lighthouse with telescopes to look out to sea, a boat and play equipment decorated with sea creature. The park is mostly gated and fenced with bbq facilities and some sheltered picnic tables. The park features brightly coloured beach umbrella style structures to ensure children are protected from the sun.

    Carrum Foreshore Playground is ideally located right next to the beach in Carrum.

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  • Toorourrong Reservoir Park

    Toorourrong Reservoir Park

    Toorourrong Reservoir Park is a 12–hectare scenic reservoir park situated 4km north-east of Whittlesea Township. It's the perfect place for picnics and gatherings, viewing the reservoir, taking short walks with family and friends and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The kids will love the stepping stones across the water, the ornamental lake and grassy spaces to run and jump.

    Toorourrong Reservoir Park is a 12–hectare scenic reservoir park situated 4km north-east of Whittlesea Township.

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  • Maribyrnong River

    Maribyrnong River

    The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Cycle or walk along the tranquil Maribyrnong River Trail (28km from the city to Brimbank Park) and take in the fantastic views of the Melbourne’s skyline and the river, while passing Flemington Racecourse, Victoria University, sporting clubs, native bushland, riverside parks and other attractions. Take a river cruise on the Maribyrnong and enjoy the scenery and commentary.

    The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.

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  • Cheetham Wetlands

    Cheetham Wetlands, consisting of salt marshes and natural and artificial lagoons of Skeleton Creek, are a natural bird haven. These internationally significant wetlands provide important feeding and habitat areas for thousands of migratory birds from Japan, Siberia and New Zealand.

    Cheetham Wetlands, consisting of salt marshes and natural and artificial lagoons of Skeleton Cree

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  • Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park

    Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park

    Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park has a rich history. It was the site of Victoria’s first permanent settlement and seaport and was crucial to the initial growth of the state. Immerse yourself in Victoria’s colonial past by visiting Fort Gellibrand, retrace Ned Kelly’s steps along Battery Road, marvel at the ingenuity of early mariners at Timeball Tower!

    Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park has a rich history.

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  • The Gallery @ BACC

    The Gallery @ BACC

    The Gallery @ BACC, located in the Brighton Town Hall, presents a series of high quality temporary exhibitions, public programs and visual arts events, in both conventional and new media.  Supporting the work of local Bayside artists and arts organisations, as well as giving visitors the opportunity to engage with important work by non-local significant and established practitioners, The Gallery provides a space for people to engage with art at all levels.

    The Gallery @ BACC, located in the Brighton Town Hall, presents a series of high quality temporar

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  • The Darebin Parklands Spiritual ad Healing Trail

    The Darebin Parklands Spiritual and Healing Trail

    The Darebin Spiritual Healing Trail is a tranquil and uplifting walk amidst the beautiful natural bush setting of Darebin Parklands in Alphington. The Trail winds around beautiful native bushland, down to the magnificent rock faces along the Darebin Creek, to the lush wetlands, across the creek over rocks and stepping stones, and then up a gentle hill for a birds’ eye view of the parklands and towards the city skyline. Along the Trail there are five major stops with themes and special readings which focus on personal wellbeing.

    The Darebin Spiritual Healing Trail is a tranquil and uplifting walk amidst the beautiful natural bush setting of Darebin Parklands in Alphington.

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  • Pipemakers Park

    Pipemakers Park

    Pipemakers Park is a great place for a family outing. Located in the Maribyrnong River valley, it is a historic pipemaking industrial site that has been transformed into a park and wetlands.
    The park is home to the Living Museum of the West, which has self-guided tours and hosts a number of exhibitions, activities and special presentations on the cultural history of western Melbourne and the Maribyrnong River.
    There are plenty of recreational facilities to enjoy. Have a picnic or barbecue, try fishing for bream from the wharf, go for a river cruise on the Maribyrnong River or sit and relax in the pioneer women’s shelter. You can canoe downstream or walk or cycle on trails in both directions along the Maribyrnong River.

    Pipemakers Park is a great place for a family outing.

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  • Churchill National Park

    Churchill National Park

    Churchill National Park remains as an example of the original landscape before clearing and settlement. There are barbecue and picnic facilities set amongst woodland forest.

    Churchill National Park remains as an example of the original landscape before clearing and settl

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  • Warrandyte State Park

    Warrandyte State Park

    Warrandyte State Park is a haven for bushwalkers, canoeists, picnickers, birdwatchers and those who enjoy peace and solitude. Pound Bend Tunnel hints at the rich heritage dominated by the Yarra River as it winds through natural bushland. A sure winner for any Saturday or Sunday day trip with the family or loved ones, head down and enjoy the serenity! 

    Warrandyte State Park is a haven for bushwalkers, canoeists, picnickers, birdwatchers and those w

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  • Heritage Walks

    Heritage Walks

    Visit the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre in Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown and pick up information on three self guided heritage walks. With so much to explore around Hobsons Bay take the time to explore and learn something new about your local area. explore the historic seaport of waterfront Williamstown, as well as its hidden lanes, monuments, buildings and the original morgue.

    Visit the Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre in Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown and pick u

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  • Darebin Public Art

    The City of Darebin is home to an extensive public art collection enhancing the urban landscape.  Plan your visit with the Darebin Public Art Discovery Map (to view map click MORE INFO).

    The City of Darebin is home to an extensive public art collection enhancing the urban landscape.

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  • Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

    Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

    Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is located just off Beaumaris, where sloping cliffs of sandstone jut out into Port Phillip Bay. At the water's edge the rock has been worn down into a series of platforms and rock pools, creating a varied and easily accessible marine environment. The diversity of habitat at Ricketts Point is what makes this marine sanctuary so fascinating. 

    Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is located just off Beaumaris, where sloping cliffs of sandstone

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  • Gem Pier, Williamstown

    Gem Pier is the arrival point for ferries from the city. Step off into the historical township of Williamstown, the first settlement in Melbourne. With so much to see from the HMAS Castlemaine to historical buildings, plan to stay for the day or the weekend. With nearby picnic spots as well as playgrounds and BBQ this is the perfect day trip to Hobsons Bay. 

    Gem Pier is the arrival point for ferries from the city.

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  • Wattle Park

    Wattle Park

    Wattle Park is a wonderful escape within the suburbs for a pleasant picnic, walk or jog.  Set in natural bushland and sweeping lawns, the park features historic buildings, huge gum trees, the historic Lone Pine, exotic trees, tennis courts, public nine-hole golf course, and a playground. 

    Wattle Park is a wonderful escape within the suburbs for a pleasant picnic, walk or jog.

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  • Enterprise Interpretive Sign

    The Spirit of Enterprise Trail

    The Spirit of Enterprise and the development of a significant number of projects, honour the way in which migrants and refugees were settled in Springvale. In a bid to tell the stories connected to the Enterprise Migrant Hostel and the settlement of more than 30,000 migrants and refugees, a series of signs can be encountered across the Springvale Activity Centre.  The signs share amazing stories of hope and entrepreneurship of settlement services, local residents and settling communities which have shaped the Springvale of today.

    The Spirit of Enterprise and the development of a significant number of projects, honour the way

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  • FIDO

    Move over the Big Banana and Big Pineapple! Have you met Fairfield’s much-loved FIDO? Short for the Fairfield Industrial Dog, FIDO has greeted travellers in Fairfield since 2000. Made from hardwood, the 5.5 metre high and 8 metre long dog sits next to the Fairfield Station and was designed to represent the dog-loving community of this inner-city suburb. 

    Move over the Big Banana and Big Pineapple! Have you met Fairfield’s much-loved FIDO? Short for the Fairfield Industrial Dog, FIDO has greeted travellers in Fairfield since 2000.

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  • Festivals All The Time!

    Festivals All The Time!

    The City of Greater Dandenong is an exciting, vibrant and culturally diverse community, offering a range of festivals and events for locals and visitors alike. These range from the ceremony of Australia Day through to Springvale’s Lunar New Year celebrations, the annual Children’s Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine events, the Dandenong Agricultural Show and Christmas Carols in the park, just to name a few.

    The City of Greater Dandenong is an exciting, vibrant and culturally diverse community, offering

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  • Greenvale Reservoir

    Greenvale Reservoir

    The grassy slopes of the park are popular with large groups for picnics and games. Trails wind through the park, and offer an opportunity for families to explore the exciting terrain. There are several picnic areas with free gas barbecues, picnic shelters, water and toilets. So grab some meat and get the extended family together for what will prove to be a wonderful day.

    The grassy slopes of the park are popular with large groups for picnics and games.

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  • Werribee Park

    Werribee Park

    Discover the story of an Australian pastoral empire and explore the Victorian era in the Italianate-style architecture and interiors of Werribee Mansion. Stroll through 10 hectares of beautiful formal gardens and open space park land. 

    The majestic gardens feature a colourful parterre, ornamental lake and grotto, glasshouses, heritage-listed trees and expansive lawns. Relax with a picnic or explore with enthusiasm, the formal gardens are a secret oasis awaiting discovery. Take a detour along the Sculpture Walk or wander through to the internationally acclaimed Victoria State Rose Garden where around 5,000 roses are displayed to perfection. 

    Appreciate life from the worker's perspective at the original farmyard, adjacent to the riverine area of Werribee Park, a natural treasure encompassing the Werribee River, acres of native woodlands and a flourishing orchard. 

    Discover the story of an Australian pastoral empire and explore the Victorian era in the Italiana

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  • …a place for gathering

    …a place for gathering

    Suspended by cables between two street light poles and with a soundscape that fuses music and environment sounds, Hillary, Haq and Cran, generate a dynamic interface between community and place.  Using the words and phrases taken from a range of community voices about what a place for gathering means to them, the work is presented within a traditional neon form, reminding us of a time when neon captivated the hearts and minds of cities.

    Suspended by cables between two street light poles and with a soundscape that fuses music and env

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  • Manningham Art Collection

    The Manningham Art Collection features both large scale sculptures installed across the municipality, and smaller contemporary artworks that are regularly displayed in the foyers of Manningham City Square and the Manningham Civic Centre at 699 Doncaster Road. Explore Manningham’s Public Art, including significant works such as Inge King’s ‘Sentinel’, Anthony Pryor’s ‘I am a Man like You’, Deborah Halpern’s ‘Big Cat’ and ‘Water Creature’.

    The Manningham Art Collection features both large scale sculptures installed across the municipal

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  • Wombat Bend

    Wombat Bend

    A sanctuary for creative play, Wombat Bend is decorated with community art that will inspire and capture the imagination of people of all ages and all abilities. Children and young people at heart will love exploring this playground with its sensory play activities, accessible path networks, amphitheatre and native forest walk.

    A sanctuary for creative play, Wombat Bend is decorated with community art that will inspire and

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  • Herring Island

    A hidden gem in the middle of the Yarra River, Herring Island is located only 3kms from the CBD. A haven for nature and art lovers alike, the Island is home to native flora and fauna, a gallery and environmental sculptures. Access to the island is via boat. For just a small fee, you can hop on Parks Victoria’s punt which runs from Como Landing, January to April. Pack a picnic, gather your friends and family and spend the day on this little slice of paradise.

    A hidden gem in the middle of the Yarra River, Herring Island is located only 3kms from the CBD.

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  • Herring Island

    Herring Island

    Accessible only by boat, Herring Island in the Yarra River is just 3km from Melbourne's city centre. The park is a haven for nature and art lovers. It is home to a series of environmental sculptures. 

    Accessible only by boat, Herring Island in the Yarra River is just 3km from Melbourne's city cent

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  • Westerfolds Park (including Candlebark Park)

    Westerfolds Park

    Westerfolds Park, including Candlebark Park, is perfect for picnicking, cycling, walking, canoeing and there's an adventure playground for the children. The Main Yarra Trail, that forms part of the 6km of sealed trails throughout the park, connects many parks, trails, and wetlands along the Yarra River waterways.

    Westerfolds Park, including Candlebark Park, is perfect for picnicking, cycling, walking, canoein

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  • Pirate Ship Playground, Aberfeldie

    Pirate Ship Playground, Aberfeldie

    Ahoy me mateys! Get yaaaaar kids together and walk the plank off one of the most unique playgrounds in all of western Melbourne. The Pirate Ship Playground in Riverside Park, Aberfeldie was opened in 2014 as part of a major redevelopment of the entire park. The attention to detail on "The Black Sapphire" is mighty impressive, with crow's nest, treasure map, captain's quarters, bells, telescopes, sunken treasure and even a classic wooden ship's wheel.

    Ahoy me mateys!

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  • Prahran Market

    Famous for fine fresh produce, hard to find specialty items and good old fashioned service sealed with expert advice, Prahran Market can’t be beaten on quality. Visit to discover everything from the highest quality fruit and veg to the widest range of certified organic products, sustainable seafood, free range meat and poultry, gourmet deli items and an interesting mix of sought-after eateries and specialty stores.

    Famous for fine fresh produce, hard to find specialty items and good old fashioned service sealed

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  • Williamstown Botanic Gardens

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens opened in 1860 are one of Victoria’s first public gardens. The gardens are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as significant for their historical, aesthetic, scientific and social significance to the state of Victoria. Nestled by the sea, complete with rare and significant trees, a formal palm avenue and a charming Edwardian ornamental pond amongst its many attractions, the gardens provide a peaceful setting.

    Williamstown Botanic Gardens opened in 1860 are one of Victoria’s first public gardens.

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  • Boroondara Life

    Boroondara Life

    Boroondara Life is an interactive website celebrating the dynamic and evolving culture of the elegant and sophisticated inner east of Melbourne. Showcasing an array of Boroondara destinations for all styles and tastes, from the burgeoning and bustling cafes, to signature parks and shared trails, the site profiles the most popular shopping strips with informative write-ups, vibrant photos and helpful advice.

    Boroondara Life is an interactive website celebrating the dynamic and evolving culture of the ele

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  • Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is named for its shape. The little promontory has been fenced off from the rest of the world for over 80 years by a coastal rifle range. This unspoilt place is now a haven for coastal and marine life. Patches of all marine habitats from northern Port Phillip Bay are packed into this small area. On the west of the promontory, there is saltmarsh and the largest occurrence of mangroves within Port Phillip Bay.

    Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is named for its shape.

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  • Woodlands Historic Park

    Woodlands Historic Park offers a fascinating glimpse of the landscapes and wildlife seen by European settlers in the 1840s. The park has a 150-year old homestead, Indigenous canoe trees, native woodland and grassland. See kangaroos, birds and other wildlife.  It's also the site for a colony of endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoots that were re-established here as part of a program aimed at securing the species' future.
     
    Woodlands Historic Park offers a fascinating glimpse of the landscapes and wildlife seen by Eur
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  • Altona Beach

    Altona Beach is Melbourne’s western suburbs largest and most pristine swimming and recreational beach. The beach is patrolled over the summer. It is home to many recreational and water sport activities such as kitesurfing, paddle boarding, sandcastle building and volley ball.  There is free parking, tree lined parks, bbq areas and public amenities all within walking distance to shops, cafes and public transport.

    Altona Beach is Melbourne’s western suburbs largest and most pristine swimming and recreational b

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  • Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail

    Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail

    Embark on a very special journey. The 23km coastal trail from near the Westgate bridge to Skeleton Creek takes you past the maritime historical precinct of Williamstown, botanic gardens, sandy beaches, wetlands with internationally important habitat, site specific public artworks, and spectacular buildings. The trail is easily navigated by foot or bicycle and is clearly sign posted. 

    Embark on a very special journey.

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  • coast, wetlands, nature. birds, bird watching

    Point Cook Coastal Park

    The Point Cook Coastal Park & Cheetham Wetlands rank among the top places in the world for viewing migratory wading birds. The diversity of birdlife is considered second only to Kakadu in Australia. More than 200 species have been recorded, 34 of which are covered by international migratory agreements. Migratory birds travel here from as far away as Siberia, Japan & Alaska. Get a 360 degree eagle’s view from the Observation Tower or head down to the beach at low tide and get up close and personal.

    The Point Cook Coastal Park & Cheetham Wetlands rank among the top places in the world for vi

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  • Karkarook Park

    Karkarook Park

    Karkarook Park is a recreational and environmental oasis, revegetated with indigenous plants. The lake is a great spot for canoeing, kayaking, sailing or fishing. Take the dog for a walk, take kids to the playground, or explore the 6km of trails on foot or bike.

    Karkarook Park is a recreational and environmental oasis, revegetated with indigenous plants.

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  • Yarra Bend Park

    Yarra Bend Park

    Yarra Bend Park is the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne, featuring steep river escarpments, open woodlands, playing fields and golf courses. Explore the park by foot or by bike while enjoying superb views of the city skyline. Pleasant picnic areas, barbecues, rotundas and playgrounds make it popular with families with dogs welcome in most areas.

    Yarra Bend Park is the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne, featuring st

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  • Altona Beach Market

    Altona Beach Market

    The Altona Beach Market is nestled into one of Port Phillip Bay’s most appealing coastal towns. The weekly outdoor street market has been a highlight since 2004. Thousands of regular market goers visit each week to purchase fresh produce, green life, homemade soaps, candles and much more.  On market day a visit through the town's shops, café’s, restaurants and coastal pleasures completes a great day's outing.

    The Altona Beach Market is nestled into one of Port Phillip Bay’s most appealing coastal towns.

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  • Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

    Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

    Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is one of the largest municipal reserves within the City of Whitehorse. It is an important area as habitat for indigenous plants and animals and is a great place to enjoy for local residents and visitors to Whitehorse. The sanctuary has wetlands, a visitors centre (open Sunday 2pm to 4pm) two playgrounds, extensive walking trails and facilities such as picnic tables.

    Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is one of the largest municipal reserves within the City of Whitehorse.

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  • The Eltham Farmers’ Market is held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, 9am to 1pm.

    Eltham Farmers’ Market

    There are a range of stalls, including veggies, fruit, condiments and sweet treats. On the 4th Sunday of each month, the market will also host a community fruit and veggie swap. The Eltham Farmers’ Market is organised by Local Food Connect Inc. – a not for profit community group dedicated to promoting the interests of the local food economy.

    There are a range of stalls, including veggies, fruit, condiments and sweet treats.

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  • Lysterfield Park

    Lysterfield Park

    Lysterfield Park is a recreation hub in a beautiful natural environment close to Melbourne. Explore the bushland on walking tracks and mountain bike tracks. Enjoy canoeing, sailing, paddle boating or surf skiing on the popular Lysterfield Lake. 

    Lysterfield Park is a recreation hub in a beautiful natural environment close to Melbourne.

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  • Yarra Flats Park

    Yarra Flats Park

    Yarra Flats winds along the natural bushland and wetlands of the Yarra River. The Main Yarra Trail runs the length of the park, passing by heritage and pastoral landscapes, it's the perfect sunday stroll location. Enjoy an informal picnic, walk, cycle or take your dog for a walk on lead, its sure to be a fun day for the whole family! 

    Yarra Flats winds along the natural bushland and wetlands of the Yarra River.

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  • Spotswood Industrial Heritage Tour

    The origin of Ned Kelly’s armour, the birthplace of the stubbie, and Melbourne’s first sewage system are just some of the highlights of Museum Victoria’s Spotswood Industrial Heritage mobile-device walking tour. The walking tour, available on both Apple and Android devices, uses audio, video, and hundreds of historical photographs to paint a picture of the evolution of Spotswood.

    The origin of Ned Kelly’s armour, the birthplace of the stubbie, and Melbourne’s first sewage sys

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  • Shirt & Skirt Market @ Abbotsford Convent

    Shirt & Skirt Market @ Abbotsford Convent

    Occurring 10am-4pm on the third Sunday of every month, The Shirt & Skirt Market is one of Melbourne’s original design markets and for over eight years, it has fostered new ideas and showcases the works of over 40+ independent Victorian designers, featuring quality, innovative and unashamedly beautiful fashions for women, men and children. It offers beautiful designer clothes, unique accessories and one-off items.  Each is lovingly made and created by independent and emerging designers.  Here you will be able to find something unique.  

    Occurring 10am-4pm on the third Sunday of every month, The Shirt & Skirt Market is one of Mel

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  • The Maribyrnong River

    Maribyrnong River

    The Maribyrnong River is popular for walking and bike tracks following the banks, bridge river crossing at several points,  fishing from jetties and fishing platforms, and parklands on either side of the river such as Maribyrnong Park and Fairbairn Park. These include boat landings and picnic facilities. Pipemakers Park is the site of a former meat canning works and later a pipe factory, and is now the location of the Living Museum of the West. 

    The Maribyrnong River is popular for walking and bike tracks following the banks, bridge river cr

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  • Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

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  • Timeball Tower, Williamstown

    Today, working timeball towers are extremely rare; apart from the one at Point Gellibrand there is a working timeball tower at Greenwich in London, and only three others in the world. The Williamstown tower was built in 1849 of local bluestone. It was originally a lighthouse, and later served as a timeball tower from 1861 to 1926.The Timeball Tower helped ships accurately set their chronometers, since accuracy was essential for successful navigation on long ocean voyages. 

    Today, working timeball towers are extremely rare; apart from the one at Point Gellibrand there i

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  • Edendale Community Farm

    Edendale Community Farm

    Edendale Community Environment Farm is situated on the banks of the Diamond Creek in the heart of Eltham. It offers a range of environmental information and educational programs as well as activities throughout the school holidays. Say hello to guinea pigs, sheep, goats, cows and feed the poultry. Talk to staff or take a self-guided walking tour to learn about sustainable land practices and how we get food products from animals. You can also investigate the life-cycles of our minibeasts, water bugs, stick insects and frogs.

    Edendale Community Environment Farm is situated on the banks of the Diamond Creek in the heart of Eltham.

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  • Mordialloc Pier

    Mordialloc Pier

    Watch the waves crash up off the rocks, drop a line in or just enjoy the beauty of Mordialloc Pier.

    Watch the waves crash up off the rocks, drop a line in or just enjoy the beauty of Mordialloc Pie

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  • Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

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  • Sea Shepherd

    Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd Australia uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. 

    Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the dest

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  • Albert Park

    Albert Park

    Only 3km from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog walking, jogging, cycling, sailing and rowing. Attractions include sporting facilities, ovals, playgrounds, restaurants and a 5km walking and running track around the lake.

    Only 3km from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog wa

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  • Mullum Mullum Park

    Mullum Mullum Park

    Mullum Mullum Park is an important wildlife corridor in Melbourne’s east. This is a great park for cyclists and walkers, with the 1.6km Eastlink Trail running through the park and linking to Melbourne’s wider trail network. A perfect walk to take the family on on a Sunday, Mullum Mullum offeres amazing surroundings that is sure to cap of any great weekend. 

    Mullum Mullum Park is an important wildlife corridor in Melbourne’s east.

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  • Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.

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  • Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre

    Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre

    Included in the maritime collection is a large display of ship models, ships bells, books, prints, navigation equipment, plaques, marine equipment and its World War Honour board. The centre is open every Wednesday and Sunday 11am-3pm and group tours are available at other times. Seaworks is a new and exciting location for any event! 

    Included in the maritime collection is a large display of ship models, ships bells, books, prints

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  • Public Art In Moreland

    Public Art In Moreland

    The municipality’s public art collection is spread throughout Moreland’s 15 suburbs featuring artworks reflecting local themes. Artworks made with recycled and reclaimed materials can be found at CERES and along the Merri Creek Trail, large scale replicas of Italian and Greek coins in Brunswick and an Indigenous Koori Garden at Jacobs Reserve - just a few of the public artworks you will find on your journey around Moreland. Grab the family and head down to capture some great art!

    The municipality’s public art collection is spread throughout Moreland’s 15 suburbs featuring artworks reflecting local themes.

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  • Altona Pier

    Altona Pier is an iconic landmark located on Altona Beach adjacent to shops, cafes and parkland.  The Pier provides an avenue for fishing, bird watching, leisurely strolls and summer fun. You can capture breathtaking views of the Dandenong Mountain Ranges, Point Cook Coastal Park and on a clear day you may be able to the see Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas.

    Altona Pier is an iconic landmark located on Altona Beach adjacent to shops, cafes and parkland.

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  • Nortons Park

    Enjoy a picnic, relax with the family, or kick a ball on the rolling lawns of Nortons Park. Free electric barbecues are available in the picnic shelter.  Great place to take the dog for a walk off lead.

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  • Yarra River

    Yarra River

    A Melbourne icon, the Yarra River is the focus for numerous spectacular events. The banks of the river have a number of barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing platforms and jetties. In addition, there are trails and paths for cyclists, walkers and joggers.  Head down to the banks of the Yarra River and take in the spectacular views of the river and the city skyline in the back ground, the best spot for this is near the Royal Botanical Gardens. 

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  • Williamstown Beach

    The Williamstown Beach and park area runs between Thompson Street and Bayview Street Williamstown. There's a wide range of facilities and services, including cafes, a sand swimming beach in a non-boating area, public toilets, picnic facilities and playgrounds. Just catch the train to Williamstown Beach train station and you're there!

    The Williamstown Beach and park area runs between Thompson Street and Bayview Street Williamstown

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  • Hurstbridge Farmers Market, Farmers Market, Hurstbridge, Family, CFA, Sunday

    Hurstbridge Farmers' Market

    Hurstbridge Farmers' Market is held all year round, from February to December on the first Sunday of the month from 8.30am – 1pm in the delightful setting of Fergusons Paddock in Hurstbridge. Entry is by gold coin donation with proceeds to the local CFA.

     

    Hurstbridge Farmers' Market is held all year round, from Febr

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  • Sugarloaf, Reservoir, Christmas Hills, Water

    Sugarloaf Reservoir - Christmas Hills

    Sugarloaf Reservoir is an integral part of Melbourne's water supply and a great place for a relaxing picnic or walk. This is a tranquil setting for a picnic or a stroll near the reservoir shores, offering wonderful views across the water. For the more energetic, there is a 15km walk that circumnavigates the reservoir.

    Opening hours: Every day of the year. Gates open at 8.30am and close at 7.00pm during daylight saving. Outside of daylight savings, the park closes at 5.00pm.

    Sugarloaf Reservoir is an integral part of Melbourne's water supply and a great place for a relaxing picnic or walk.

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  • Tracks and trails

    Tracks and Trails

    The Nillumbik Shire trails network provides a great opportunity for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy the Shire's natural and cultural heritage. Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the 25 kilometres of urban trails, 6 kilometres of rural trails and many informal trails that run throughout Shire of Nillumbik. Urban trails link to the Melbourne Metropolitan Trail Network and include the Diamond Creek Trail, the Plenty River Trail and the Aqueduct Trail. Other trails of interest include the Heidelberg Artists Trail, Heritage Walks and the Gawa Wurundjeri Aboriginal Resource Trail.

    The Nillumbik Shire trails network provides a great opportunity for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy the Shire's natural and cultural heritage.

  • Kangaroo Ground, War Memorial, Dandenong Ranges, Kinglake Ranges, Viewing Platform

    Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park & Tower of Remembrance

    The Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Tower is built on the highest hill in the district. It was unveiled on 11 November 1926 and is used as a fire-spotting tower in the summer. It offers 360 degree views which take in Melbourne, the north-east suburbs and the Dandenong and Kinglake Ranges. The surrounding park has a viewing platform, toilets, picnic facilities and gardens. 

    The Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Tower is built on the highest hill in the district.

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  • Eucalypt Community Market, Wollert

    Eucalypt Community Market, Wollert

    In partnership with Stockland and Third Place Café in Wollert, this monthly market runs at the Eucalypt Estate providing locals with access to fresh produce, arts and craft that will be sure to have something for everyone. A great way to connect with your local producers and find out what little treasures are in your own backyard! 

    In partnership with Stockland and Third Place Café in Wollert, this monthly market runs at the Eu

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