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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published August 10th 2014

Sunday is the best day of the week for me. It means fun, adventure, family time and a day without routine or constraints. It's a day where anything can happen and usually does. People are always more relaxed and the vibe is contagious. My favourite activities are generally outdoors and include the following.

Bush walking: We are spoilt for choice when in comes to bush walking near Melbourne. There's the Dandenong Ranges that offers a great range of trails, spectacular scenery, lush surrounds, waterfalls ( Sherbrooke, Olinda Falls) and close to coffee shops. Lysterfield Park has plenty of trails, there's a big Lake with a 5km circuit around it, a cafe, picnic area and mountain bike trails. The Yarra Ranges has some excellent walks for challenging your fitness level with the likes of Mt Juliet, Mt St Leonard and Mt Donna Buang. The Mornington Peninsula offers an array of coastal and bush walks with the most popular being the Two Bays Walk, Bushrangers Bay and Red Hill rail trail. A few of my favourite walks can be found here.

Olinda Falls

Markets: A stroll around a good market on a crisp morning is perfect. Going out to the Yarra Glen market and seeing hot air balloons on a perfectly still morning across the valley is stunning. Markets make up a part of our Sunday journey not our destination. Some of our favourite markets can be found here.

Lunch in country towns: There is nothing better than leaving your home town behind on a Sunday and discovering a rustic cafe, a wood fired bakery, a great winery, an old fashioned pub or a picnic on the lawn with fresh produce you collected along the way. I have found the best way to find these places is to ask the local newsagent or general store owner. They are always quick to offer their local knowledge on great food. I like to visit Warburton, Healesville, Neerim, Marrysville, Kyneton, Trentham the list goes on and on.

Gardens: There are a stunning array of gardens close to Melbourne that are free to visit and with Spring coming up there's never a better time to visit ( except when the trees turn colour in Autumn). There is the Royal Botanic gardens in Melbourne, Geelong and the impressive Australian garden at Cranbourne. In the Dandenongs you will find all of these gardens and the Tesselar Tulip festival will be in full swing but there is an admission fee for this one. Private open gardens are aplenty and can be found here.

Cranbourne Botanic Gardens

Visit historic houses: There are many historic houses to visit in and around Melbourne with some more well known than others but all just as as intriguing. On the Mornington Peninsula there is Coolart homestead and wetlands, The Briars, McCrae homestead, Heronswood and Mulberry Hill. In Melbourne there is Labassa, Ripponlea, Como House just to name a few.

Playgrounds: are the perfect place to picnic if you have children in tow and there are some great ones to visit including these listed here. My number one playground is McKenzie Reserve, which has the added benefit of being close to the the biggest chocolate shop and Healesville Sanctuary.

Parks: are a great meeting spot for family BBQ's, picnics and get togethers. I like the Silvan reservoir, Emerald Lake, Maroondah reservoir park, Birdsland reserve,

Silvan Reservoir in top pictures and Emerald Lake at the bottom

Exploring Melbourne: For anyone that lives outside of Melbourne Sundays are a great day to explore the city. Gone is the hustle and bustle of the 9-5 with quiet streets and side walks. Take a camera and capture architecture, graffiti in lane ways and sculptures in Docklands.Take the free city circle tram and stop off along the way at the state library, Queen Victoria market, Arts center Sunday market, Chinatown and anywhere else that grabs your attention.

Visiting miniature/heritage railways: Well this ones the children's favourite thing to do but it's a good excuse to get out and see the countryside and stop off at intersting things along the way. You can find a huge list of railways to visit here.

Reading the Sunday papers: Going by the amount of Herald Sun and Age newspapers on the shelves on a Sunday morning I'm not the only one that likes to relax with a weekend paper. It's the perfect way to chill out after a busy day.

Relaxing in the sun anywhere with a good view sounds perfect to me.

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