If you have spent the day wandering about Glenferrie Road in search of a birthday present, and need to take a break from the ho-hum of checking shops off your list, the answer is just down the road in Malvern East.
A popular venue for runners, families, dog walking and anyone who feels like going for a stroll, Central Park is serves as a departure point for anyone interested in going to Chadstone Mall, which is just a bus ride away. At 8 hectares in size, Central Park is not too large to turn a walk into a hike, yet it remains spacious and open with its many towering trees.
Across the road from the park (Burke Road) there are a couple of cafes and fast food places, including Chicken Central, which sells out every day normally by 7 pm. For those keen to sit around, try relaxing with a picnic or curl-up with a book, while a couple of cricket matches play away in the sunshine; it's just the trick for a lazy Saturday afternoon.