Quality Hotel Manor
669 Maroondah Highway
Mitcham, VI 3132
Phone: (61) 3 98724200
Fax: (61) 3 98724472
The local community has created a fantastic park and playground out of a former orchard in this hilly spot in Doncaster. The center piece is a huge adventure playground built over several levels. This means lots of ladders, steps, ramps, slides and tunnels. In imaginative play the structure could easily double as a pirate ship, space station or fort. Other features include sandpits, swings and monkey bars. Children of all ages and abilities will find something to do here and the sheltered picnic tables are well positioned for adult supervision.
Bring the bikes, roller blades, bats, balls, kites, barbecue lunch, something to feed the ducks, oh and do not forget the kids! If you are in need of fresh air and free, healthy family fun, this huge park in Melbourne's outer east will keep the whole clan occupied for hours. Fitness fanatics can follow the exercise circuit but parents with prams can take their time on the many meandering walking tracks. Just keep an eye out for the speeding cyclists and rollerbladers.
Generations of Melbourne children have climbed in, out and over the old trams parked here, rather incongruously, in the bushland setting. They are still a major drawcard of this sprawling park, which also comprises a golf course, tennis courts, barbecues and an oval. At the center of the park is the charming Wattle Park Chalet, built in the 1920's and often used for receptions. A newer addition is a well-designed and constructed adventure playground. Apart from the odd traffic noises, it is easy to imagine you are in the bush. A kiosk near the golf course sells light snacks.
All the fun of the farm is on display here and children are welcome to get involved. There are hayrides, cows to milk, baby lambs to feed and sheep shearing to watch. At Chesterfield Farm you can also find the usual farm animals and the cute, tiny versions in the baby animal nursery. You can also see buffalo, camels, alpacas, emus and other more unusual species.
Along the banks of the Yarra River in the north-eastern suburbs are many great parks with bike tracks, barbecues and picnic areas. If you are looking for a healthy day out in the wide open spaces without going too far from Melbourne, this is the place to head for. A leisurely walk or bike ride from the car park will take you around the lake and you can stop on the observation deck to see how many different species you can spot.
This fascinating sanctuary was created by sculptor William Ricketts. Inspired by his travels in Central Australia where he came into contact with the Pitjantjarra and Arrente people, he started to mold ceramic sculptures in the forests around his home depicting the legends of their dreamtime. Today, 92 sculptures are dotted through the undergrowth of the temperate rain forest, often half-buried in ferns or carved out of the earth itself, almost as if they were natural phenomena themselves. The place has a thought-provoking, almost eerie quality. There is a licensed cafe on the premises.
The local community is rightly very proud of this magnificent adventure playground. The huge, elaborate timber structure resembles a castle or fort with lots of walkways, bridges, lookout towers and so on. Slides, swings, flying foxes and sand pits will also keep the kids busy. There is a low fence all the way around to prevent toddlers from running onto the road. Call for details.
Station Street, as the name suggests is close to a train station, namely the Camberwell Station. This road runs perpendicular to Prospect and Riversdale road and is parallel to Burke road. This road usually sees a lot of activity on Sundays as the Rotary's Camberwell Sunday Market is held here.
Our Lady of Victories Basilica is one of the few churches in the country that have been awarded the status of a minor basilica. It is an imposing structure built in early 20th Century and has a heavy Roman influence in its architecture. Regular masses and cultural events are held here.
Hay's Paddock bills itself as the first community playground in Australia designed for children of all physical and intellectual abilities. It certainly provides stimulation for all senses with lots of interesting things to feel and smell: listening tubes, brightly colored climbing equipment and even a treehouse with pretend binoculars for birdwatching. Some signs are in Braille and there are special swings suitable for disabled children. The playground takes up one corner of a large area of playing fields, bushland and wetlands that are home to many native birds.
Barleycorn Brewers boasts of being a unique kind of brewery in Melbourne that churns beer using a new technique known as micro brewery. Made from barleycorn, the brewery produces many varieties of beer from lager, ale to stouts. So come visit this place for that frothing mug or carry some home to quench your beer necessities!
Founded in 1908, Swinburne University is counted amongst the reigning varsities of Melbourne. The university focuses on technological studies and offers thousands of courses and study programs to over 16,000 students. From post graduate, under graduate, research to vocational courses, the education here is known to be fine and qualitative. Much aid and scholarships are also provided to international students as well.