Sometimes in the first week of spring in Melbourne, a cracker of a day rears its head and demands a ramble out in nature. I couldn’t be bothered travelling too far away so I picked Woodlands Historic Park in Greenvale near Melbourne Airport for a post lunch wander. I’ve been here loads of times and I enjoy the peace of the place. If it weren’t for the sight of jets passing overhead, the hum of freeway traffic, and the noise of road construction, you’d think you were a million miles from civilisation with only kangaroos for company.
Woodlands has been around forever, but has only been a public park since the early 1980s. It’s about 700 hectares (so it’s allegedly just a bit bigger than Gibraltar), and has an old homestead from the 1840s, a myriad of walking/biking/horseriding trails, picnic/barbeque areas, abundant bird and wildlife and a smashing lookout from atop Gellibrand Hill.
Go in summer if you want to experience all that season has to offer - cooking under a hot sun, being eaten by mozzies, possibly chased by an angry mob of heat-stroke affected roos. Or, just look at these very summery like pictures and imagine it's 35°C.
By the way, did you know female kangaroos can put their pregnancies on hold? It's just another way mother nature accommodates children that stay home longer than their parents would like!