Native parks are great for finding tranquil secluded spots away from the world. There are few things more scenic and relaxing than unwinding besides a stream, with the hum of animals surrounding you. It makes it easy to push away noisy metropolitan life and to forget about the outside world.
Bush lands are also great resources for those more interested in social activities. Watching the sun set surrounded by Australian forestry can be the perfect setting for a picnic with friends and family.
Nestled in the North-East of Melbourne are Darebin Parklands: a park popular with families, friends and joggers all year round. It is a great mixture of bush lands and grassy areas, with a large picnic ground, ample barbecue facilities, bush walking trails, a 1933 cricket pitch/dog area and bird-filled wetlands.
The Picnic Area is located on the Separation St side of the park. Boasting large grassy areas, a covered barbecue facility and a lookout where you can see over the whole park, this is a great area for entertaining friends and family. There are a few small lakes that you can sit around during the summer heat as well. Otherwise the grass is great for a game of cricket or frisbee.
From the Separation St entrance there are two Bush Walking Trails. The south path is the shorter of the two, winding you through the forest and, for those interested in trains, up to the old rail road bridge.
The Dog Playground is located on an old, large Cricket Pitch. It's not hard to see why it is a popular destination for dog-lovers. There are wide, open grassy areas big enough for dogs to roam free on and perimeter gates to prevent them from running off into the vegetation. This is a great spot to play catch.
The Wetlands are nestled down at the bottom of the walking track and are part of the local community's re-vegetation initiative. This is the most secluded part of the park and is a good hideout for those wanting a reprieve from the world. The wetlands are teeming with bird life and if you look closely in the trees you can see bird houses made to help the birds raise their families.
Great piece and some beautiful pictures. One thing to know though is that it is a conservation park which has echidnas, endandered flying foxes and even the odd kangaroo, and for this reason Darebin parklands a dog on-lead park, other than one area on the Alphington side. There is no "dog playground", just an off leash area. Just so people know as the council does enforce the dog laws occassionally!