Offering a host of attractions and amenities, the park has great expanses of open space, plenty of BBQs, seats, picnic tables, shelters, a kids playground and toilets. Other features are a visitor information centre, community garden, wall murals and an avenue of impressive chainsaw sculptures of birds and animals by Rob Bast.
The park's history is varied, for thousands of years the Bunurong people lived in and around the area. Since European settlement the land has been used at different times as a horse training complex (Phar Lap spent some time here), a sewage treatment plant and for grazing and market gardens. You might still glimpse some resident cattle in the outlying fields which is somewhat a rare sight in the suburbs. The park has large areas of bush, multiple huge lawn areas and a considerable area of wetlands. Birds abound and there are regular sightings of echidnas.
The park is flat and with kilometres of walking and cycling tracks you can take your choice of a short stroll or cycle or a serious workout. The day I visited there were walkers, joggers and cyclists all out enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. A few people were savouring their morning coffee and the serenity in the picnic areas.
That is a nice aspect of the park, the ability to walk, cycle or just relax, in peaceful surrounds. If you're looking for a picnic area or a BBQ there are certainly plenty to choose from with tons of room to spread out and for kids to run around.
There's also a Friends of Braeside Park group. New members are welcome and there's a range of activities including propagation, tree planting, salinity monitoring, community garden, bird and walking groups.
Braeside is approximately 26km south-east of the city. Braeside Park has two entrances, one in Lower Dandenong Road and one in Governor Road. The Lower Dandenong Road Entrance has a chain of ten car parks so you can park close to your preferred area, which is handy if you don't want to walk too far, have a pram to manage or visitors with limited mobility. You can leave from the Lower Dandenong Road exit at any time. The Governor Road entrance also has ample parking, however it's worth noting that this entrance closes at 4.00pm.
By public transport, bus services 811 and 812 from Brighton to Dandenong run along Lower Dandenong Road.
Dogs are not allowed in the park. For more information and a detailed map listing facilities and rules see the Parks Victoria park note.