Nature takes centre stage throughout the region. Take the time to be in the outdoors and feel the difference. Explore the magnificent gardens open to the public such as the Blue Lotus Water Garden. Picnics can be the ultimate in a family day out or an intimate day for two to reconnect and wash the worries of the week away. Wander the grounds of the Upper Yarra Reservoir and enjoy the views, rest in an historic rotunda or find yourself on a rug under the branches of a magnificent sprawling tree. Fresh air, stunning views, amazing wildlife and spectacular gardens all make for an entirely wonderful adventure.

Blue Lotus Water Garden

A unique 14 acre display water garden of Lotus and Waterlilles. It can take 1-1.5 hours to walk the garden however most groups usually spend 2-3 hours enjoying the garden.

Dee Road Picnic Area

Located at the top of the Dee Road in Millgrove, alongside the O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail, is a small picnic area with a beautiful view of the valley.

Fun at Mt Donna Buang

Mt Donna Buang is the closest mountain to Melbourne (just one hours drive) for snow play in the winter and forest fun in the summer.

Kurth Kiln

Kurth Kiln is a Picnic Ground and camping ground in a quiet and peaceful bushland setting.

Maroondah Reservoir Park

Maroondah features gardens with stands of native and exotic trees, native animals and birds and walking tracks. Its playground, lawns and cool summer shade make it a popular picnic destination in warmer months.

O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail

The O'Shannassy Aqueduct trail is a 30 kilometre walking and bike riding trail from East Warburton to Don Valley in the Upper Yarra Valley.

Rayners Orchard & cafe

Rayner’s Orchard is a real working farm that currently grow over 450 varieties of fruit and is around an hours drive from the city centre, located in Melbourne's food bowl, the Yarra Valley.

Reids Tramline Walk

The Reids Tramline walk provides an entertaining look at some of the relics of the historic tramline along which horses, and later, steam-powered locomotives hauled huge logs out of the forest.

Seven Acre Rock

Seven Acre Rock is a large rocky outcrop that provides some of the most spectacular views of the Yarra State Forest, Bunyip State Park and adjoining farm land. On a clear day, it is possible to see Western Port Bay and Port Phillip Bay.

Sugarloaf Reservoir Park

Nestled in the Christmas Hills, Sugarloaf is a tranquil setting for a picnic or a stroll near the reservoir shores, offering wonderful views across the water. For the more energetic, there is a 15km walk that circumnavigates the reservoir.

The Ada Tree Walk

The Ada Tree, a giant Mountain Ash is more than 76 metres tall and is considered one of Victoria's largest living trees.

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