There are many ways to make the most of the summer holidays. Finding a good, peaceful spot to spread a blanket and enjoy a family picnic is one of the most relaxing getaways you can plan. Fortunately, Thornhill Park is perfectly located near many picnic spots in and around Melbourne.

Arthur Westlake Recreation Reserve

Every child loves to explore and climb playground equipment, that’s what makes Arthur Westland Recreation Reserve a great location for families. With wooden log seating, a sheltered BBQ area with tables, and an exciting playground, it’s the perfect destination for a family picnic this summer. Surrounded by nearby walking and cycling tracks, and home to plenty of ducks to have close encounters with, it offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Address: 200 Bulmans Rd, Melton West

Royal Botanic Gardens

Just less than an hour’s drive from Thornhill Park, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Garden is an amazing picnic spot for couples and families. Surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna, you’re guaranteed a picturesque picnic. There are also shady pavilions where you can spread out your food and enjoy a hearty lunch.

Address: Birdwood Ave, South Yarra

Werribee Mansion

Known for its beautiful, immaculate grounds and stunning gardens, the Werribee Mansion is a picnic destination that offers a range of activities. From haunted tours to learning the local history, this location is a family favourite. If you’re looking to extend your visit, you can also find many rooms in the mansion to spend the night, along with luxury dining and spa offerings.

Address:  K Road, Werribee South

St. Kilda’s Beach

What’s summer without a picnic in the beach? St. Kilda Beach is an hour’s drive from Thornhill Park. You can spread your picnic rug on the sand or on the foreshore and enjoy your iconic surroundings. You can also enjoy a splash around in the beach, a delicious lunch at one of the many nearby cafes and explore the Sunday Esplanade Market stalls.

Address: St Kilda Foreshore, St Kilda

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