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Wattle Park

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Published February 11th 2011

Adventure awaits at the end of the 70 tram line, in the ample grounds of Wattle Park. Rich with heritage, the land was transformed into a public tramways park in the 1920s, and has been lovingly maintained over the years so it is still enjoyable and safe today.

The striking beauty of the park can be observed as you wander through the trails, or walk your own route through the trees. While Wattle Park is quite large, there is little danger of getting lost as you can listen for the traffic from the nearby main roads in order to navigate yourself to the perimeter. There are some fenced-off conservation areas which are inaccessible to the public, but you are otherwise free to roam.

At the heart of Wattle Park is a chalet which can be hired out for private functions. It's definitely worth a wander around to see its European style architecture. Don't miss the miniature model houses mounted atop posts at the back of the chalet.

There are several shelters in the park grounds, some with tables and benches inside, where you can host large gatherings without a booking. You don't have to worry about not being able to find a picnic area at Wattle Park, despite its attractions. There are many tables and barbecues located near the playground, spread over enough area so that you won't feel like you're intruding on other people's functions. You might even be lucky enough to secure one of the two picnic tables inside the disused w-class trams. If you haven't packed a picnic, you can visit one of the cafes or restaurants located close by, at the intersection of Riversdale and Elgar Roads.

The quaint playground is predominantly made of wood, with little of the brightly coloured plastic play equipment that features in modern parks. One section of the playground is adorably bird-themed, with a large wooden parakeet featuring on the side and sculptures of bird nests. Of course, there are many real birds which are observable in the park; along with much other native wildlife.

As well as walking tracks and picnic areas, Wattle Park also offers a nine-hole golf course, which hosts several competitions each week. However, the course is privately owned and there is an admission fee.
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Why? Because it's one of the best quiet parks in Melbourne, with plenty of interesting things to look at.
When: Riversdale Road, Surrey Hills.
Where: Any day. For an exciting day out, go on a summer Sunday afternoon when the Tramways Band will be playing.
Cost: Free
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