I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published August 29th 2013
A beautiful haven for all
Nestled between residential communities, hidden from plain view, it is almost easy to pass by the Wilson's Botanic Park if you are not paying close attention. However, if you are able to reach this destination on a leisurely day, you will find what a beautiful haven it is, not only for people to enjoy, but for birds and small wildlife as well.
I would recommend a brief visit to the Welcome Centre before you enter the park. They have information leaflets, maps available, umbrellas you can borrow (if the clouds have decided suddenly to shed a few light showers), a wheelchair if required, toilets, some artefacts from the park, a vending machine with drinks and just a simple place to get your bearings before you head out into the park.
The entrance to the main park has a beautiful and tranquil water feature, with ferns hanging over it, giving the park a very calming and befitting welcome to its guests. You may even witness brides and grooms posing for their Wedding photography on a bright and sunny day.
Water Feature at Entrance
Basalt Lake near Entrance
Too many choices to make
A few steps on, you will be faced with a choice to make: turn right or left? If you decide to turn right, a 20 to 30 minutes walk will take you around the Anniversary Lake, and at several points during the walk, you will want to stop and enjoy the breath-taking views. You will also pass by the amphi-theater, where several outdoor events are organised during the summer months. Picnic tables and benches line the circumference of the lake, encouraging the visitors to relax and perhaps indulge into photography and enjoy the shades of the tall trees.
Had you decided to turn left, you would embark on an upward climb which will eventually take you to the highest observation point called the Hoo-Hoo Lookout Tower. Climbing up the tower will give you access to breath-taking views of the City of Casey and beyond.
Hoo-Hoo Lookout Tower, Observation Deck at Wilson's Botanic Garden
On the way to the Hoo-Hoo Lookout Tower, you will pass by a grand shed with barbeques and plenty of seating area, in case you wish to arrange a party for a large group. Across from the BBQ area is a large children's playground which caters for a variety of age groups.