Braeside Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Bunurong (Boon Wurrung) People of the Kulin Nation. The Bunurong People hunted, camped and gathered food in the area.
Managed by Parks Victoria, Braeside Park is a huge parkland stretching from Lower Dandenong Road to Governor Road with two access points for experiencing different aspects of the park. Once you’re in the park you will feel completely immersed in this natural oasis of bush, wetlands and grasslands!
Particularly wonderful for bikes and bushwalking, the extensive tracks (12 km of trails!) connect grassed lawns, Red Gum grasslands, wetlands, , BBQ and picnic shelters, mounds of mulch, trees to climb and native plants galore.
TOP 5 ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH KIDS
- Take your binoculars for some wonderful bird watching as over 180 species of birds have been recorded.
- Go to the visitor centre (10am to 4pm) and check out the preserved native animal specimens
- Go for a bike ride or bush walk along the extensive tracks (12 km of trails!) connect grassed lawns.
- Visit the wetlands and learn about ecosystems
- Pack your picnic mat and some lunch and have a picnic
FLORA & FAUNA
Keep your ears tuned for frog calls and go on a scat discovery searching for signs of native and introduced animals. Echidnas, Tawny Frogmouths, Grey Headed Flying-foxes and snakes are some of the Braeside Park residents, along with an astonishing number of rabbits!
The Governor Road entrance which is best for the wetlands and bird hide is open from sunrise to 4pm, and the Lower Dandenong Road entrance which is best for access to toilets, picnic/BBQ spots and a lovely large playground is open until sunset.
Don’t forget to download your FREE Eco Explorers Nature Scavenger Hunt here to take with you!
Eco Explorers runs Bush Playgroup at Braeside Park and you can find out more about our nature playgroup programs here.