The National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda are spectacular to visit at any time of the year, though for me, autumn is a particularly special time of year to stroll around the gardens.
The gardens here are massive, you'll easily be able to clock up a few kilometres walking around the entire garden, but you can choose to see as much or as little of the garden as you please. My favourite section in the garden is towards the bottom of the garden (just after the Cherry Blossom Walk), it's where you'll find expansive open areas and a magnificent view towards the Yarra Ranges (as pictured below).
In my opinion this is also the best spot for a picnic lunch with children. We take a ball along and have a kick to kick before playing amongst the fallen autumn leaves.
Based in Clifton Hill, Louella Kennedy is a creative artist and educator with a special interest in using art for wellbeing. Louella runs a variety of art classes for different age groups and interests.
Located in both Greenvale and Doncaster, Nature Crew invite you to join them to get back to your roots and to normalise nature play. In a world full of apps, snaps, clicks and likes, let's raise some sprouts, buds, bugs and mites!