Braeside Park is a hidden gem in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It is a huge park of 295 ha with many natural areas to explore. This includes wetlands, ponds, heathland, and Red Gum Grassy Woodlands. There is a real sense of peace and tranquillity in this park and is worth the visit.
As a family we have visited frequently and find it to be a place of relaxation and discovery. Leap into Nature often holds our Junior Nature Club here and was actually the site of our very first session back in May 2014! The great news is we will be heading there for a fantastic program for school aged children 'Nature Trackers @ Braeside Park' in the September School holidays.
You can find a large variety of insects and butterflies as our weather warms up, I have recorded Jacky Lizards here, friends have found Echidnas, and a beautiful variety of birds from the squeaky lorikeets to the chattering of New Holland Honeyeaters and 'shirp shirp' of Brown Thornbills.... just to name a few! Don't forget the frogs as we hit spring, they will be calling their little hearts out at Braeside Park, and we will be there to record them during our September school holiday session, which we can then send off to Melbourne Water's Frog Census database.
There are wetlands to explore which support a great variety of waterbirds, including the threatened Latham's Snipe. This amazing bird makes a treacherous journey from its breeding grounds in Japan, and arrives in Australia during the warmer months, mainly in September (just in time for our School Holiday session!)
Did I mention the very awesome playground they have at Braeside Park, visitors centre (toilet facilities), and lovely picnic grounds too! Find some more details here:
Or better still join us on an adventure at Braeside Park in September with the children, you can find all the details in this link: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nature-trackers-at-braeside-park-tickets-26937527871