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Published April 5th 2014
Picnic in the shadow of these 'Easter eggs' image credit Matthew Harding
How cool would it be to picnic in the fine shade of these giant "Easter eggs" at Royal Park in Parkville? Read on for more of the best Easter picnic spots in Melbourne.
1. Royal Park (Parkville): While Royal Park is Melbourne's largest park (covering 170 hectares), it's not necessarily in the top ten list of overall picnic spots. Specifically for Easter, I love the idea of the kids' eyes lighting up upon seeing the gigantic "Easter eggs" at the entrance.
2. Karkarook Park: Bring your fishing rods to Karkarook Park - there are not many urban parks where you can catch and cook your dinner in the same place! An amazing oasis tucked in the midst of suburbia; playgrounds, bridges, a lake, park, bike path, birds, and yes, fishing is permitted (check signage for which piers).
3. Myuna Farm: While I love an afternoon of recreation and leisure that doesn't cost anything (especially easy to do in Melbourne), I also love the idea of an Easter picnic including a petting farm. We love the set up of Myuna farm: the animal pens, shaded and open picnic areas, pony and "train" rides, new playground area, and mini wooden maze. Open every day from 10am-4pm, family of four is $20.
Open 9am-6pm at this time of year, this park is actually one of the train stops of the Puffing Billy steam train; my husband and I visited recently on a stop during our Steam and Cuisine Luncheon. Unique to this park are the paddleboat (floating trike) hires, tea rooms, and model rail museum. A plethora of picnic tables, tracks, trails, and birds offer a beautiful location for the most memorable of Easter picnics or egg hunts.
Do you have a traditional family favourite for your Easter picnic? A hidden gem that you're brave enough to share? An unsung hero of parks in or around Melbourne? Share the love in the comments below.