Science has proven the health benefits of getting into nature which is why ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ has been the Parks Victoria philosophy for over a decade. Walk, jog, run or cycle in Melbourne’s picturesque urban parks. Play a game of footy or round of golf at Albert Park. Hire a row boat, canoe or kayak at historic Studley Park Boathouse, the oldest operating boathouse in Australia and paddle along the river where the Yarra bends. At sunset, watch thousands of Grey-headed Flying-foxes fly‐out from their daytime roosting spot. Dogs are permitted in most areas of Yarra Bend Park – even more reason to get out into nature for a brisk morning walk or afternoon stroll. Lysterfield Park, in the south-east suburbs of Melbourne, offers a range of recreational activities such as canoeing, sailing, paddle boating and surf skiing. Lysterfield Park Mountain Bike Trails and the State Mountain Bike course offers 20km of trails catering for riders of all ages and ability. Choose from easy family trails for all to enjoy around the lake and parkland, a range of flowing single trails through established plantations or steep and technical sections of trail through rocky landscapes. For fitness fans, the Granite Peak Trail provides a challenging 6km (each way) trailrun with a steep climb to Trig Point and rewarding views of the Melbourne city skyline at the top.
Escape the hustle and bustle of inner city life with a trip to the idyllic gardens of Werribee Park. The 10 hectares of manicured landscape contain a variety of exotic species combined with Australian natives Experience the grandeur of Werribee Mansion, discover Victoria’s unique pastoral history at the farm and homestead or simply relax with family and friends on the Great Lawn. Winner of the prestigious World Federation of Rose Societies Award for Garden Excellence, the internationally acclaimed Victoria State Rose Garden is also located in Werribee Park.
About one million years ago, molten lava flowed over the Keilor Plains from Mount Holden and other nearby volcanic hills and filled the depressions and valleys of the former land surface. Once solidified, a set of basalt columns formed by the cooling and cracking of molten lava which is what formed the striking feature at Organ Pipes National Park which lies only a short drive from Melbourne Airport. A short, return walk to the rock formation will only take about 90 minutes, or stay and have a picnic with family and friends.
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