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HOT: Brimbank Park, Keilor East

HOT: Brimbank Park, Keilor East

Brimbank Park is located just 15km from Melbourne CBD and is a great destination for an afternoon drive or even an entire day of outdoor activity.

Tire those little legs out with over 5 km of walking trails through Australian bush. Revel in the various playgrounds, grassed areas, undercover picnic tables and gas BBQs. These are available to use free of charge with no booking required.

There are plenty of tall trees for shade, as well as wide open space. So there’ll be no problems getting the required vitamin D while you explore the grounds.

Spot some colourful birdlife whilst walking along the path and follow the picturesque Maribyrnong River as it bends throughout the valley. There’s also a high chance of spotting wallabies and possums!

Brimbank Park Playscape

Want more adventure for the little ones?

Brimbank Park Playscape is at the Northwest section of Brimbank Park, nearby Car Park A.

Families will be delighted to find an adventure playground filled with plenty of fun things to climb, play, swing and uncover.

Tactile circular paths form Waa’s Message maze, embracing the indigenous history of the land.

Children can explore different themes, artwork and sculptures including giant animals and even vegetables to climb and play on.

There is a “build your own” cubby house structure, great for entertaining the older kids. As well as the giant ‘Bunjil the Creator’ nest where children can climb up inside and look out over the park.

The Brimbank Park Playscape has been designed to cater to children of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs and those with vision impairments, to join with their families for a fun day in the park.

For children on the autism spectrum, Parks Victoria provides social script resources with images and text to show and prepare children for what they may see or experience during their visit.

These are available online and were developed with help from AMAZE – Victoria’s peak body for people on the autism spectrum.

Brimbank Park also has a permanent orienteering course, and for those families into geo-caching there are four spots to find on the app throughout the Park.

Brimbank Park Cafe – Lumbar & Co

brimbank park cafeLumbar & Co are opening at Brimbank Park after a total refit.

Until the café is ready to open, the Lumbar & Co Pop- Up Coffee Cart offers visitors coffee and a small selection of snacks from 7.00am until late afternoon in front of the Visitor Centre Building.

Once open, the café will have a focus on environmental sustainability. The owners are aiming to reduce waste from food production and packaging, as well as providing healthy menu options from locally sourced produce.

Lumbar & Co will be working with the community and Parks Victoria, so that the cafe can become a place for locals, businesses, clubs and community groups to share and experience one of Melbourne’s great metropolitan parks.

This guest post was published in collaboration with Western Melbourne Tourism (WMT).WMT is an urban regional tourism board aiming to develop a more competitive tourism sector in Melbourne’s West. It encompasses the municipal boundaries of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Melton, Moonee Valley, Wyndham and Maribyrnong. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

HOT Tips:

  • Walking trails through the bush and along the river;
  • Native birdlife and animal spotting;
  • Park access and car parking are free of charge.
  • Picnic area and BBQ use are free of charge. No bookings required.
  • Adventure play at Brimbank Park Playscape;
  • Disabled access;
  • Social script resources;
  • Grass areas and shaded areas;
  • Café onsite; and
  • The park is a short 30-minute drive from the heart of the city approximately 15km north-west of Melbourne via the Ring Road or Calder Freeways.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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