This native bushland park is situated on the outskirts of Eastern Melbourne in Templestowe.
The nature parkland provides plenty of open spaces for fun family bicycle rides beside the Yarra River and a unique introduction to Aboriginal Art and Culture.
Free gas BBQ's and excellent children's playgrounds, makes this the perfect place to visit any time of the year.
Whether it be walking, riding or just plain relaxing, this naturally treed area will provide everything you require for that perfect family getaway.
In 1978 Parks Victoria took over the management and conservation of the
parklands providing great nature activities for children with bicycle
rides, bushwalks and a unique introduction to Indigenous Australians.
Westerfolds Bushland Sanctuary - Lower Templestowe
Just click on the blue icon on the map below and follow the prompt for directions on how to get to the Park by car.
There are gates on Porter Street and Fitzsimmons Lane for vehile access.
Walkers and cyclists can access the park at anytime.
Check out Metlink Buses will drop you at or near Porter Street and Fitzsimmons Lane entrances.
Once you are there check this map out for what is around.
The Park consists of...
The Mia Mia Gallery And Cafe
Testimonial - An unforgettable Experience
'Have you ever found that one of those impromptu last minute short breaks can reward you with an amazing unforgettable experience?
I had decided to finally explore that intriguing turnoff on Fitzsimmons Lane.
Winding through the well laid out and signaged roadways we finally found our way to The Manor House and there we met the aboriginal musician Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie.
We arrived just in time to hear the Dreamtime Story of the Emu and witness the playing of thedidgeridoo, a musical instrument Australian Aborigines make from a long wooden tube that is blown into to create a low drone.
Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie invited spectators to lie on the ground to experience an Aboriginal Dreamtime Meditation.
The Poppit's arm shot up immediately, not a shy kid that one and she lay in front of the didgeridoo and was transported into Dreamtime Country.
Little different sounds resonated out from the long hollow instrument, sounds like kookaburras and other Australian Fauna.
What a magical experience for a 7 year old.
You can also experience this and so much more on any Saturday afternoon from 3:00pm - 5:00pm'
Dreamtime Meditation At Westerfold Parkland
Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie and my Granddaughter
Enjoy homemade scones, jam and cream with hot tea or coffee at the Manor's Cafe and when you are ready pop into the Mia Mia Gallery and explore aboriginal art and culture.
Meet with resident artist Colin McKinnan-Dodd and ask him, "How do you throw a boomerang?"
Visit here for more information on the Mia Mia Gallery ( http://www.miamiagallery.com/services/saturday-afternoons/ )
Westerfolds Park forms part of the main Yarra River Trail.
Walks and bike rides along the side of the Yarra River can be enjoyed by all ages all the way through to the Melbourne CBD.
Take the family dog along on a lead as this park is great for a workout for your four legged friend.
Bike Riding The Yarra Bike Trail
Viewing platforms along the river provide the perfect place to take in the river and the rapids.
Take in the native vegetation including ancient red gums and wildlife such as echidnas, platypus and the eastern grey kangaroos grazing the open grasslands.
Yarra River Rapids - Westerfolds Parklands
Westerfolds Parkland is a great place for one of those family reunion ideas with BBQ's and shelters scattered throughout the parklands, do however, get there early and claim your spot as the park is a very popular destination for family getaways.
It's also an excellent park to observe native birds and Australian wildlife in their natural environment.
And if you are into something different why not drop your canoe or kayak into the river and paddle up or down this great river.
For information on canoeing the Yarra River check out the Paddle Victoria website.
The park is open 7 days a week including Public Holidays from 8:30am - 5:00pm
During Daylight Saving time from 8:30am - 8:00pm and during the peak summer months till 9:00pm
Such a beautiful place to explore any time of the year.
Westerfold Parklands Lower Templestowe
Please note that some links on this page are to companies that I have an affiliation with. By that I mean that if you purchase a product through them I receive a very small commission. This way of earning income is termed Monetization and it is a way for me to keep my site out here for you to enjoy. I will only affiliate with companies that I feel offer value for money and excellent back up service. These are Companies that I personally have used to purchase products for myself, my family and my friends. To learn more please refer to my Disclaimer page