Unexpectedly nestled between power lines and heavily trafficked roads in Melbourne's South-East is Karkarook Park, a spacious wetlands park.
Created as an artificial wetlands area for birds, the park is beautifully landscaped and well-kept, with a man-made lake at its heart. Circling the lake is a walking trail, which takes about an hour to complete. Getting lost is not a possibility, with all trees being below eye level so you can see across the entire park. Fishing is permitted but discouraged, and restricted to certain areas. Continued improvement to the recently established park is contributed by the Friends of Karkarook Park, who often hold community events such as working bees and charity walks.
Karkarook Park is ideal for a quiet picnic, with tables, shelters and free electric barbecues available. Being so little known, there are rarely people using these facilities. There is also plenty of open space available in which to set up a picnic blanket. If you don't plan on utilising a shelter, remember to be sun smart as shaded areas are limited.