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Published April 15th 2012
How do you get two kids to dash from one end of the Fitzroy Gardens to the other without a single word of complaint about tired legs?
The answer – sign up for a "Magical Fitzroy Gardens Hunt" at Australian Treasure Walks. When you purchase your walk from the web-site you can either download the walk and print it off yourself or have the booklet posted to you. Each walk is like a treasure or scavenger hunt where you use the clues and map to find things in the Gardens.
Successfully finding the answers to all the clues should enable you to solve the final puzzle. If the satisfaction of solving the puzzle is not enough, it also entitles you to enter a competition for a gift voucher. The cost is very reasonable at $15 for the family.
The park which is located in East Melbourne is an ideal location for a picnic with plenty of grassy areas, shady trees, toilets and even a café if you don't want to carry your lunch around during the walk.
There is also another treasure walk here for young kids around 3-6 years old called "Animal Hunt in the Fitzroy Gardens". In this walk your mission is to discover which animal does not belong in the Fitzroy Gardens. Other walks available from Australian Treasure Walks include "Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Hunt", "Melbourne Garden Treasures Hunt" and "Mystery on Collins Street" which range in price from $12 to $18.
We did this with a 2 and 5 year old, it is great value. It was the first time we had been to Fitzroy Gardens, and worth it just because it took us there. Cpt Cook's cottage had a dragons & fairies theme in the garden too - absolutely perfect.