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George Pentland Botanic Gardens

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by Alushka Rajaram (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalist living in Melbourne. I've written many articles on a range of topics and produced two mini-docos. Follow me on Twitter :!/shesinsane
Published May 16th 2012
[ADVERT]Growing up in Frankston, I've come to appreciate both the man made elements as well as the abundant natural beauty of the city.

Whilst a two-tiered shopping centre takes up the heart of the city, natural beauty surrounds it, both in the form of its beaches and parks.

One such park is George Pentland Botanic Gardens (Location: Williams Streets, Frankston - Melway Ref: 102 F5), located on the fringes of Frankston South.

George Pentland Botanic Gardens
George Pentland Botanic Gardens - Gate One

Personally, I can attest to many a BBQ in the park, followed by impromptu plays or an informal game of cricket, soccer or badminton that is if no one is up for hide and go seek or chase.

Finding a free table and electric BBQ can sometimes be a mission on public holidays, so come prepared for an old fashioned picnic a la blanket and basket style as there's plenty of lush green grass to make a temporary home.

The quiet corners that the park has to offer will especially impress those looking for some solitude from the domestic noises of the suburbs.

George Pentland Botanic Garden - George Pentland Botanic Gardens
Fern Tree Gully Walk

And for those with more athletic ambitions, the park offers a walking trail that's highly recommended - lest you miss out on the little jewels scattered around the park, like the picturesque Fern Gully Walk and snake trail art symbolic of aboriginal dream time.

George Pentland Botanic Gardens
Snake Trail and Aboriginal Art

Little ones need not fret either. The park hosts a playground on the eastern end as well as pond that's home to various types of birds always eager to interact with humans when bread is involved.

So if you're looking for a great day out with family and friends, to get your BBQ apron on, to relax, to be at one with nature or just get away from the hustle and bustle of Frankston city without spending much, George Pentland Gardens is for you!

George Pentland Botanic Gardens
BBQ area and playground
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Why? Enjoy nature
When: April to October 7:00 - 6:00pm
November to March 7:00am - 9:00pm
Where: Williams Streets, Frankston - Melway Ref: 102 F5)
Your Comment
What a thorough and interesting review, it sounds like a beautiful place to visit. Congratulations on the Award too.
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1792) 2527 days ago
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