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Visit Westerfolds Park

The Westerfolds Park is a native bushland park 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.

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 and unique bush walks.

westerfolds park entranceWesterfolds Bushland Sanctuary - Lower Templestowe

Where Is Westerfolds Park?

There are gates on Porter Street and Fitzsimmons Lane for vehicle access. Walkers and cyclists can access the park at anytime.


Getting To The Park Via Public Transport

Map of Westerfolds Park in Melbourne AustraliaParkland Map

Check out Metlink Buses as they 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...

  • A network of bitumen and gravel paths
  • Shelters
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic tables
  • Wood fire and electric BBQ's
  • Information boards along the pathways
  • Toilets
  • A canoe launching rampviewing platforms overlooking the Yarra River rapids
  • Free car parking
  • The Manor House which houses the Mia Mia Gallery and Cafe

Testimonial - An unforgettable experience

Manor House, still stands on the grounds of Westerfolds Park and it used to be the home of the Mia Mia Gallery where you were once able to explore aboriginal art and culture. Unfortunately the Gallery and coffee shop are no longer open.

The Mia Mia Gallery at Westerfolds Park Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/38026354/The Mia Mia Gallery at Westerfolds Park Melbourne Australia

"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 signed 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 the didgeridoo, 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."
Marylyn (Family Getaways Melbourne)

Dreamtime Meditation At Westerfold ParkDreamtime Meditation at Westerfold Parkland Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie and my Granddaughter

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. 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.

Bike Riding The Yarra Bike Trail  Westerfolds Park http://www.flickr.com/photos/happydacks/4317172306/Bike Riding the Yarra Bike Trail
Loriket at Westerfolds Park compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/benchristensen/3553315905/  Rainbow Lorikets

Westerfolds Parkland is a great place for one of those family reunion ideas.

BBQ's and shelters are scattered throughout the parklands

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 doing something with a thrilling aspect, why not drop your canoe or kayak into the river and paddle up or down this great waterway.

For information on canoeing the Yarra River check out the Paddle Victoria website.

Westerfolds Park Details

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 Parkland views compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/38026338/Westerfold Parkland views

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The Kookaburras are terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. The kookaburra's loud call sounds like echoing human laughter. They are found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, as well as in suburban areas with tall trees or near running water. Often heard 'laughing' as you wander the Westerfolds Park trails.

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