Enjoying Nature During A Melbourne Short Stay
Other than the usual crowded destinations that tourists usually head to, there are certain other picturesque sights that dot the city and lend the city a very unique flavour indeed. Other than being visual and aesthetic treats, these destinations are also welcome breather from the maddening crow of urban life. These destinations will give you, your friends, and your family the chance to take the chance to enjoy a brief sojourn from your Melbourne short stay apartments. The Collingwood Children’s Farm is situated at a distance of only about 5 kilometers from the main city and is on the banks of the Yarra River. This farm is built over seven hectares of land and has beautiful orchards, gardens and buildings that have a very old world and rural feel about them. The purpose of this park is to give urban people a much needed taste of city life. It is a non profit organization. The children can take part in chores like milking cows, feeding the lambs, play with guinea pigs, look for eggs, and so on. The lazy ones can just wander around, soaking in the sights and sounds of farm life.
If you really love animals then the Bimbimbie Fauna and Picnic Park is just the right place for you. This park houses the native varieties of Australian animals and birds. You can feed kangaroos, wombats, emus and many different kinds of birds as well.
Another breathtaking natural refuge would be Philip Island. It has beautiful beaches with natural wetlands. On the island there are stunning villages that you can walk through. These include the town of San Remo, the fishing village of Newhaven, the historic town of Churchill Island and the village of Rhyll. At the Koala Conservation Centre, see numerous koalas sleeping as well as birds in the wetlands of the quiet little Rhyll village. The commercial hub on Phillip Island is called Cowes where you can have a sumptuous lunch. Check out the Seal Rocks which are found in the southwestern part of the island. This is the continent’s largest colony of fur seals and these rocks are used by them during the breeding season.
Then there are the Dandendong Ranges which are on the Easternmost part of Melbourne, a mere couple hours drive from the serviced apartments Melbourne enjoys staying in the most, in the centre of the CBD. There are many villages in these ranges, including the village of Olinda which is known for good food. There is the Cloudehill Nursery and Gardens which has a legendary stone maze and Japanese weeping maple trees. For all those footies, the Dandendong offers many walking trails and Sherbrooke forest is extremely popular, and is part of the beautiful forests of the region. While you are there, do not forget to stop by the Mount Dandendong Observatory which stands at a height of 633 metres above sea level. Go on the Puffing Billy train, which is the oldest steam train in Australia. This will take you through a spectacular journey of woodlands and townships. Lastly, do drop into the William Ricketts Sanctuary where there are a set of beautiful sculptures.