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Tim Neville Arboretum

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by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
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Published August 21st 2018
Best kids and parents party park in South East Melbourne
Dragons abound at Play Park
Dragons abound at Play Park


Do you remember how hard it was to find a birthday place for your ball of energy children and their friends, or how your house was a disaster to clean up after a party? Well, I have found the perfect place at the Tim Neville Park at 98-106 Dorset Rd, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156

Tim Neville Park
Tim Neville Park - Photos by Tricia Ziemer


I wish I had discovered this park when my children were smaller. This is the best park in the South East area for children's parties, family barbecues, work get-togethers and an every day walk.

Climbing Fun
Climbing Fun for all the family


I stopped here many times to go for a walk after work, but I had never explored off the beaten path. But when I did, I discovered a fabulous facility for the whole family.

Dog and People Walking Park for Everyone
Dog and People Walking Park for Everyone


First, you have wonderful walking and running paths that meander around beautiful small lakes. It is a vision of textures and patterns and beautiful sculptings.

Gentle walks in gentles pathways
Gentle walks in gentles pathways


The ducks and birds happily dive around you. Dogs are enjoying the lawns and environment with their owners. And then, as I was heading to the toilet facilities, which were immaculate, I discovered the fenced in play area.

Rapunzla let your hair down Castle
Rapunzla let your hair down Castle


This play area is like a hamburger with the lot. It has standard swings, basket swings, castles, climbing area and the best of all - a flying fox.

Flying Fox Fun
Flying Fox Fun


My all-time favourite toy when my kids were little. The fenced in area also has learning areas, where you can learn sign language.

Learn Sign Language at Wheel Chair Friendly Park
Learn Sign Language at Wheel Chair Friendly Park


Baskets swings for young and old
Baskets swings for young and old


Then right beside the play area, are FREE barbecues under great big umbrellas with spacious tables for fab family get togethers. And it is a flora and fauna delight.

Covered FREE Gas Barbecues with wonderful seating
Covered FREE Gas Barbecues with wonderful seating


This is a diamond among parks and the perfect party park as far as I am concerned for kids. The kids will be entertained safely for hours, while the parents can sit and chat without a worry.

Wonderful covered barbecue area for family parties
Wonderful covered barbecue area for family parties


There is also a Remembrance area if you would like to pay your respects to our RSL members. It is a lovely respective place, even when the ducks do try to get into the fish pond.

Remembrance Area - Lest we Forget
Remembrance Area - Lest we Forget


It is kept immaculately clean and don't worry if you go over after dark, as it is safely lite. Also, there is plenty of safe off road parking.

Lovely flat walks for bikes, skates, roller blades
Lovely flat walks for bikes, skates, roller blades


What a treat to find on Dorset Road, up from Burwood Hwy before Boronia Road, next to the footie oval. Might run into you on one of my walks. You will just want to go back time and time again.

Things for everyone at this park
Things for everyone at this park


As to the history of the park, according to Knox Council, "The land which is now the Arboretum was originally owned by the Dobson family and operated as an apple orchard. Knox City Council acquired the land in 1975. In 1988 the Arboretum won the Keep Australia Beautiful Council's award for Best Bicentennial Project in the Metropolitan Area and in 1995 it won a City Pride award for Most Effective Tourist Attraction.

Can you find the secret garden
Can you find the secret garden


Constructed in 1988, the Tim Neville Arboretum was the City of Knox's major project for the Bicentenary. It is situated on 4.4 hectares of land on a site that was previously an orchard. The arboretum was conceived as a site which could exemplify the potential of how people's gardens could look through careful selection of vegetation. Local businesses and the community have been heavily involved in the planting, art and construction.

The Arboretum was officially renamed the Tim Neville Arboretum in 1993 in honour of the late Chief Executive of the City of Knox, whose vision and initiative was a key factor in establishing what has come to be known as 'The People's Park
'."

Please don't feed the ducks and upset their tummys
Please don't feed the ducks and upset their tummys


And I can agree whole hardily with that. What a wonderful vision come to life for the people of this city.

All they ask is that you enjoy and do not feed the ducks - our preservatives are not good for their systems.

Ducks love their home
Ducks love their home
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Why? FREE barbecue facilities for kids parties
When: All the time
Where: Tim Neville Aboretum, 106 Dorset Rd, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156
Cost: FREE Barbecue
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