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Tim Neville Aboretum

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by Naomi Parry (subscribe)
An avid
Published June 15th 2014
Things to do on a cold winter's day in Melbourne.

My first glimpse this morning of the Melbourne skyline was that it was veiled in heavy fog. The Dandenongs were clothed in mist as well. So, what to do on a very ordinary Saturday morning?

Rugging myself up in warm clothes, I drove along Burwood Highway towards Ferntree Gully. While not having any particular plan in mind, I turned left into Dorset Road, facing towards Boronia. Half way along Dorest Road, I made a quick decision and turned left into Edina Road, parking off-road.

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Beauty in symmetry

Many people aren't aware that on this corner, the Tim Neville Aboretum sits on 4.4 hectares and is a hidden treasure that must be explored. There is no indication of it being a community parkland, other than the entry on Edina Street.

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Entry Tim Neville Aboretum

A Knox City Council initiative, the land on which the Aboretum is set out was originally an orchard. With the ever increasing residential area including multi-storey apartments popping up all around, the Council has to be congratulated in making the decision to keep this area for community use and pleasure. It is popular for children's parties, family get-togethers as well as weddings and other celebratory events. This morning I came across many families wandering around the various small lakes, across the boardwalks, and casually sitting around enjoying an early snack and warm drink.

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Things of Interest

Now I'm not a great walker but found the meandering tracks led me into small delightful little places, with many interesting things to catch my attention.

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A meandering track

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Part of Boardwalk

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An ideal place for a BBQ

I could easily have spent longer wandering around, for I wasn't able to cover the entire parkland, however I am planning to visit again in a different season.

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The Art Path

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Part of the Art Path

It is obvious small children love the place, as they are able to identify hidden attractions along these tracks.

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Fascinating Tree Door

The use of many sized rocks around the park together with plaques add to the interest and could formulate an exciting excursion for kids to make a list of all the different things they discover on their visit.

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A rock or two!

There is a dedicated playground area for children filled with many surprises.

Even in winter the Arboretum is appealing. The garden bed of roses which are just starting to show their green leaves will be a riot of colour come blooming season. However a few of the trees still have remaining autumn leaves and the many little garden beds are filled with small colourful plants.

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Contrast Colours

Ducks cavort and swim in the series of small lakes.

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A friendly duck

There are BBQs and picnic seating around the green lawns.

The Tim Neville Aboretum is a lovely little sanctuary and is a photographers delight.

Pack a picnic lunch, load the kids and the dog into the car, and visit there soon. Dogs are permitted on leashes too, so there's no excuse why the whole family can't enjoy a special day out.

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Even the dog is welcome (on a leash)
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When: Cnr Dorset Road and Edina Street, Ferntree Gully
Where: Tim Neville Aboretum at Ferntree Gully
Your Comment
I love the tiled art path
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12594) 2243 days ago
Love that park. I wrote a review about the park as well; you may wish to read it:
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 2243 days ago
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