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10 outdoor hidden gems

10 outdoor hidden gems Now more than ever, people’s feet are itchy, thumbs green, and Melbourne’s metro green spaces are hubs for outdoor activity and solace in our natural environment. Whether it is a picnic, forest bathing, biking, strolling or reading setting you’re after, these top 10 outdoor gems have you covered.
Sun, 10/03/2021 – 15:49 Yarra Bend ParkYarra Bend Park is Melbourne’s largest natural bushland park just 4km east of the CBD. Enjoy the leafy grounds and abundant wildlife while strolling or biking its many trails. Catch sunrise or sunset with beautiful views out to the city skyline. Hire a canoe at historic Studley Park Boathouse, paddle upstream, and spot flying foxes. Explore the wild river escarpments, open woodlands, formal parklands and sports fields that make up Yarra Bend Park. Stop by the iconic Dights Fall – the closest thing to a waterfall to the CBD. Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield, VIC   Merri Creek Trail The Merri Creek Trail is 21 kilometres long and starts from Mahoney’s Road in Broadmeadows proceeding to Dights Falls Reserve in Abbotsford. The trail follows the creek, along the way it passes Coburg Lake Reserve, the Brunswick Velodrome, Cable Suspension Bridge and CERES Community Environment Park where fresh produce and coffee can be picked up for a picnic.   Lysterfield Park Lysterfield Park is an unexpected oasis about 45 minutes south of the CBD, offering a range of recreational activities. The Lysterfield Park Mountain Bike Trails and the State Mountain Bike course offers 20 kilometres of trails catering for riders of all ages and ability. Lysterfield Lake is very popular for canoeing, sailing, paddle boating and surf skiing. The area is also a haven for wildlife spotting (mainly kangaroos and wallabies) plus 140 different species of birds. Logan Park Road, Lysterfield South, VIC   The Solar System TrailNavigate the Solar System Trail from the sun to the outer planets by following the bike and walking trail on the City of Port Phillip’s foreshore.  In 2008 artists and scientists constructed a model of our solar system, to a scale of one to one billion. The full trail is 5.9km from the Sun in St Kilda to planet Pluto at Sandridge Beach in Port Melbourne, which equates to the actual 5.9 billion kilometres.   Woodlands Historic Park Woodland Historic Park provides a fascinating glimpse of the landscapes and wildlife seen by European settlers in the…

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