While away autumn days with a picnic

TIM NEVILLE ARBOTORUM, 98 Dorset Rd, Ferntree Gully 225780_02

By Melissa Meehan

Autumn has to be one of the most magical times of the year to spend in Melbourne.

Most days are warm and sunny, but you couldn’t complain about some clouds and a light breeze.

The leaves of some trees turn red, yellow or brown and others fall to the ground making a colourful wonderland for the kids to explore.

It’s no surprise that for many, their favourite way to wind down is to find a tranquil local picnic spot to meet some friends, unpack the picnic basket and while away the autumn afternoon.

But where are the best places to take the family for a picnic? Knox Monash Ranges Kids has done all the hard work and found some wonderful spots to share with your friends.

We’re sure to have missed some, the area has an abundance of wonderfully shady, breezy parks perfect for lounging and playing.

A favourite has to be Jells Park – the open space, playgrounds and lake – it’s hard to beat.

If you are wondering what makes such a wonderful family picnic spot, we’ve narrowed it down to a few important points.

There must be picnic tables, open spaces or playgrounds for the kids to place and beautiful views.

And we’ve put together a list of the best places in the Yarra Ranges.

All you need to bring is some food, friends and fun.

Tim Neville Arbotorum

Aalley Reserve, Mount Waverley

Brickmakers Park, Oakleigh

Jells Park, Wheelers Hill

Batesford Reserve , Chadstone

Namatjira Reserve, Oakleigh South

Huntingdale Wetlands, Mount Waverley

Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully

Nortons Park, Wantirna South

Lakewood Nature Reserve, Knoxfield

Lysterfield Lake