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I can think of no better way than spending an autumn day in the glorious Dandenong Mountains. Como Gardens, a beautiful historic garden established in 1873 in The Basin, gives us the perfect opportunity to soak up glorious rustling leaves and warm autumn colours with its Open Days on the weekend of the 17th and 18th of April.
In addition to exploring the gardens, which comprise a stunning collection of unusual and rare plants, and perhaps picking up some horticultural ferns or orchids, there is much fun for young and old.
Check out the scarecrows in the much-loved Scarecrow Competition. The miniature railway is a favourite. Rattle along a 650-metre track, cross three trestle bridges and soak up the lovely views.
Do take a guided tour of the fascinating Vintage Car Museum, which features an amazing collection of vintage cars, including Australia's most famous racing car, the Maybach.
It's a full day's entertainment, with plenty of live music, entertainment by Fun by the Laughing Club, and great kids' activities like face painting, a puppeteer and ventriloquist. Check out the book stall and set yourself up for some great winter reading.
There are also boats on the lake, aviaries featuring some beautiful birdlife, and guest demonstrators. Tuck into a sausage sizzle, maybe some Devonshire tea, and definitely some cheese tastings – and then perhaps play a spot of croquet on the lawn to work it all off.