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Visit Westerfolds Park
Beside The Yarra River

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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

Westerfolds Park Lower Templestowe

Where Is Westerfolds Park

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.

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Getting To The Park Via Public Transport

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.

Parkland Map

Map of Westerfolds Park in Melbourne Australia

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

The Mia Mia Gallery And Cafe

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

  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 thedidgeridooa 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

Dreamtime Meditation At Westerfold Park

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

Westerfolds Parkland

Bike Riding The Yarra Bike Trail  Westerfolds Park http://www.flickr.com/photos/happydacks/4317172306/

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

Yarra River Rapids - Westerfolds Park

Loriket at Westerfolds Park compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/benchristensen/3553315905/

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.

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 Parklands Lower Templestowe

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

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