The Easter long weekend is a great time for a picnic with family and friends and a perfect excuse for an Easter egg hunt (although, really, who needs an excuse?). So where exactly is the best spot for an Easter picnic in Melbourne?
Here are some suggestions of top spots to have a picnic this Easter:
Dandenongs National Park There are heaps of great picnic spots in the Dandenongs National Park, east of Melbourne. One that really stands out for an Easter picnic is the National Rhododendron Gardens, with its array of Autumn colours, plenty of wide green lawns for picnics, fantastic views across the Yarra Valley and simply oodles of places to hide Easter eggs. I'm constantly amazed this place has no entry fee. They even cater for those who forgot to pack the picnic, with a cafe on-site. For more details, including how to get there, click here.
Also in the Dandenongs is the One Tree Hill picnic ground, well-equipped for an Easter picnic with several picnic tables, two sturdy picnic shelters, free electric barbecues and plenty of space for a bush-walking Easter egg hunt. The "One Tree Hill" title is a bit misleading – there are, in fact, thousands of trees. This large picnic area is perched above the 1,000 Steps walk in Ferntree Gully, tucked into the forest of the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Click here for more details, including how to get there.
Royal Botanic Garden If you're looking for an Easter picnic close to the city centre, it's hard to fault the Royal Botanic Gardens. With acres of lush green, Autumn colours and a lake in its centre, the Royal Botanic Garden in South Yarra is considered one of the world's finest gardens. You can have a gi-normous Easter egg hunt amongst its 36 acres. BBQs are not permitted but there are free public BBQs by the Yarra River along Alexander Avenue. Click here for more details including how to get there.
Maranoa Gardens & Beckett Park Located at the end of Parring Road, in Balwyn, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, these gardens are free to enter and open seven days a week. With acres of green around you, it's hard to believe you're in the middle of suburbia. Beckett Park has picnic tables, plenty of wide green lawns to lay out a picnic blanket, an adventure playground and there's even a tower with a winding staircase inside. And there's no shortage of places for that sneaky bilby to hide those Easter eggs. There are details on how to get there here.
Studley Park Boathouse This park and boathouse beside the Yarra River, in Kew is also a great spot for an Easter picnic, with plenty of BBQs, relaxing views of the river and walking tracks through tranquil bushland. And there's a cafe, kiosk and restaurant for the picnic-ly challenged. You can even hire boats and row along the river, but just make sure the bilby doesn't drop those Easter eggs in the water! See here for details on how to get there.
Do you have a favourite spot for an Easter picnic? Please let us know, we'd love to hear your comments.
One of my best memories as a child is of having Easter egg hunts each year, though we only did them at home. This would be a lot of fun. The Victoria Gardens would be a good spot to have a picnic and hide some eggs - it's not too big and has lots of little areas within the walls to dedicate as hunting grounds.