I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published May 26th 2013
Need a reason to explore the South Eastern suburbs?
The City of Casey is one of the fastest growing suburbs located in the South-East region of Melbourne. It extends over a large geographical area and is a multi-cultural city with a relatively young population. There are many parks and outdoor facilities dispersed throughout the different localities.
Here are some that have made it to the top 5 in my list of outdoor spots, for picnics, visits, playgrounds and interesting activities to do:
Probably one of the most beautifully landscaped gardens in all of Australia, the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens boasts an all Australian Garden as one of its main attractions. With water features, cafes, a mini-train, exhibition displays, picnic grounds, small Australian wildlife such as bandicoots, there is so much this outdoor heaven has to offer.
The Australian Garden Pavilion at Royal Botanic Garden
Casey Fields One of the newest park facilities located in Cranbourne, the Casey Fields has several playgrounds suitable for children of different age-groups. A long curvy slide and a pendulum style swing are my children's favourites. There is an extensive ropes course which kids love to climb and try out new acrobatic stunts. The sandpits are a huge hit with all children. The playground also features a liberty swing. There is a small lake around which you can take a stroll, and there are several picnic benches and BBQ facilities. Children can also bring their footy balls or cricket gear as there is plenty of green area to run around.
View of the Casey Fields Picnic area and playground from above the hill
A somewhat hidden gem, this Botanic Garden is located on a hill in Berwick. The entrance is adorned with Rose Bushes and as you walk past the gates, a water feature will lead the way to a small pond with beautiful ducks swimming around lotus flowers. There are picnic grounds and a pathway around the larger "Anniversary Lake", an amphitheater and several scenic lookouts. There are two playgrounds for the children adjacent to one another, which make for hours of fun. Nearby are the BBQ facilities with a scenic lookout to enjoy while you cook. A steep trail leads up to the Hoo Hoo Lookout Tower.
Ray Bastin Reserve Extremely popular with the residents is the playground and picnic area at the Ray Bastin Reserve located in Narre Warren, so much so that on summer weekends, it is difficult to find parking. For the skate-lovers a good news, there is a skating facility. A liberty swing is a featured attraction, along with a sensory trail for those who wish to take a stroll. The park has a visibly evident rocket theme, BBQ facilities and plenty of green space to play sports.
Myuna Farm This is the only park listed in this article which has an entry fee (nominal). Myuna Park is an actual working farm with a whole range of animals the children will be delighted to see, such as llamas, ponies, donkies and all the other regulars. There is a mini train ride, BBQ facilities and the farm is a great place to host a birthday party for kids. Education sessions are also organised at different times of the year.
Agree With Pam. Cranbourne Gardens is amazing!, and then I found the 'BOON WURRUNG CAFE' next to the visitors centre, for a great coffee and some beautiful cafe style lunch food. They also informed me of their Function room (Tarnuk room) which can cater for up to 150 people for Weddings etc..!!! WOW.. What an 'Incredible Oasis' in the middle of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne !! Will definitely be visiting again very soon..!!