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Westerfolds Park

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by Rita Price (subscribe)
Writer, editor, minimalist
Published May 13th 2012

With 123 hectares of wilderness and five kilometres of sealed pathways, Westerfolds Park, Templestowe is a great place to jog, walk or cycle. As the Yarra River flows through this park, you can paddle a canoe from the canoe launching ramp or cast a fishing line from the river banks.

But for those less energetic, simply drive in and find a spot in one of the ten carparking areas to have a picnic or a stroll without feeling overcrowded. One of the picnic areas has a large adventure playground, expansive lawns and barbecue facilities.

Much of the park comprises native Australian trees and shrubs so you're sure to see a large variety of birds and a few marsupials but stick to the paths and viewing platforms to avoid snakes in the warmer months.

A highlight of the park is the Mia Mia Aboriginal Art Gallery and Cafe, located in the Manor House, a two storey clinker brick mansion.

Devonshire teas with a variety of scones and preserves are served in the cafe. The blueberry and white chocolate scones with jam and cream are particularly delicious.

From the cafe's elevated position, you can take in the sweeping views over the surrounding suburbs and on a clear day, you might just glimpse the city.

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Why? Enjoy the wilderness without travelling far from the city
Where: Fitzsimons Lane, Templestowe, VIC
Cost: Free
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