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Highlands Lake Reserve

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Published February 19th 2020
This park, on the outskirts of Melbourne, has it all and welcomes everyone. With several enticing aspects to it, you could easily spend an entire day here.
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Highlands Lake Reserve in Craigieburn


The large man-made lake is home to a large number of various waterbirds,
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Highlands Lake Reserve - birdlife


Including a beautiful pair of resident swans (who are often napping in the peaceful surrounds!),
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Beautiful pair of resident swans at Highlands Lake Reserve


and even a refreshing, cascading waterfall,
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Waterfall at Highlands Lake Reserve


It's quite relaxing to sit on one of the many park benches, strategically placed to enjoy the many vantage points along the lake,
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Lots of benches to choose from at Highlands Lake Reserve


With a number to choose from, you're likely to find at least one that's available just for you,
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Some benches come with company!


A long, windy path runs along the length of the large, scenic lake. It's perfect for an evening stroll with the family or dog, or even for something more active.
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Highlands Lake Reserve - path along the lake


In fact, there is a free 5km community park-run held at the reserve, every Saturday morning at 8am, meeting at the cafe.
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Park Run at Highlands Lake Reserve


After the event, grab a coffee or even a hearty breakfast at the cafe on the lake. The Highlands Waterside Cafe is open daily from 8.30am-5pm and sits right on the lake's edge.
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Highlands Waterside Cafe - open daily


From the cafe, you have a clear view of the stunning water jets, yet another unique feature of this park,
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Water Jets at Highlands Lake Reserve


Alternatively, there are a number of sheltered picnic spots to claim as your own and enjoy the wonderful outdoors,
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Picnic area at Highlands Lake Reserve


while the large children's playground is sure to be a hit with the little ones,
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Children's playground at Highlands Lake Reserve


As you can see, there really is something for everyone at this well thought out nature reserve. It's like a breath of fresh air to visit Highlands Lake Reserve, each and every time.
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Why? A nature reserve with something for everyone
When: Anytime. Park-Run is on every Saturday at 8am.
Phone: Via Facebook
Where: 1 - 17 North Shore Drive, Craigieburn, Victoria, Australia 3064
Cost: Free to explore the surrounds
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