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3 Awesome Picnic Spots in Melbourne

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by Mallory (subscribe)
Exploring Melbourne, one story at a time.
Published May 13th 2014
A Remedy For When You Feel Like Running Away


Picnics are an integral part of today's society, as they help us disconnect momentarily from the array of technology that consumes us on a daily basis. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, emails, work, family, kids, pets, friends, Tumblr, Pinterest, Myspace, Candy Crush - Phew! It can certainly become quite overwhelming at times. This article promises to deliver the most special, exciting, and very unique places in Melbourne for you to have a picnic-adventure at, and feel as though you are in a whole new city. I'll provide the locations, you bring the wine and cheese.


1. The first stop on the journey is Bradmill - 341 Francis St, Yarraville. Bradford Cotton Mills first opened its doors in 1927, as a manufacturer of denim, later becoming the largest exporter of cotton textiles in Australia. Since its closure in 2002, the mill has become a place of solitude for many urban explorers and graffiti writers. Much like Superman's Fortress of Solitude, only much cooler. I have been here on numerous occasions with friends, although sadly no picnicking was involved as we were only there to explore the buildings. I have since dreamt of laying out a thick tartan rug that all my friends would be envious of, while we sip on Sangria and eat too many crackers and brie in the grass, and then complain of our ever growing food-babies.
bradmill, picnic

2. The next location was once an ammunition storage facility, used during WW2 –Lysterfield Drive, Greenvale. It is now home to kangaroo gangs who stare at you with a mocking smile on their face that says "girl, you don't belong 'ere!"… And for some reason my inner dialogue gave those kangaroos a southern accent. There are burnt out cars and exposed buildings, that make you feel like you're on the scene of The Walking Dead, yet it is incredibly peaceful. The reservoir, birds, hills, tall grass and crazy rock formations, everything about this place is beautiful.

picnic, ammunition storage
Ammunition Storage

3. A little outside of Melbourne, along Point Henry Rd, Moolap in Geelong lies the old Saltworks. Cheetham Salt Limited was founded by Richard Cheetham in 1888. There are remains of crusted salt covering the ground to this day, evidence of what was once an area bustling with machinery and men. The buildings are interesting to wander through, as there is still some equipment and bags of salt. I would avoid the barricaded building however (pictured below on the right), unless you're not afraid of a little asbestos poisoning.

Cheetham Saltworks
Cheetham Saltworks


So, pack your picnic basket and I'll meet you there soon!
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Hi, thanks for this post. But, where exactly is the ammunition storage in Beechworth Ave, Greenvale? When I looked it up at Google map, it's just a street in suburbs of Greenvale? Is it in Woodlands Historic Park?
by A. Berendsen (score: 0|3) 2486 days ago
Hey Mallory, great post! Quick question about no. 2 though, are you sure that is the location for that one? (beechworth ave greenvale) reason I ask this is because when I load up the address on google earth, it appears there is a housing estate there, have you been there recently?

by (score: 0|7) 2485 days ago
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