Attractions

Wilson Botanic Park has so many wonderful things to see and do. After your ride on Little Red Train why not experience our neighbouring attractions...

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Wilson Botanic Park

Only minutes from the Monash Freeway, the park attracts local and international visitors and is sanctuary to an abundance of native animals.

Perched on the edge of the Basalt Lake, the Birdhide provides the perfect cover for bird watching. The Directional Marker on the cliff above identifies panoramic highlights of Berwick and beyond.

The picnic areas of Wilson Botanic Park Berwick are the perfect place for a BBQ with friends and the playground is popular with kids. Many enjoy the wonderful walking tracks around the picturesque lakes.

When you wander through the grounds of Wilson Botanic Park Berwick, it is difficult to imagine the site was an operational quarry until the late 1970s.

The quarry was founded by William Wilson in 1859. Mr Wilson recognised a business opportunity and began excavating the site which would soon become renowned for producing some of the highest quality basalt in the Melbourne region.

The transformation of the quarry site began in the late 1980s when work commenced by the then City of Berwick.

In 1992, the Honourable Bill Hayden A.C., Governor General, officially opened Wilson Botanic Park Berwick, in memory of early pioneers.

A fossil seam is not something commonly found in a botanic garden or park, but Wilson Botanic Park Berwick is lucky enough to have two!

During the operational days of the quarry many fossils were found, some more than 22 million years old. They include fossilised wood, leaves and pollens of flowering plants and conifers.

The fossil sites, which have been studied by universities across Australia, boast both tropical and temperate species. It is rare to find these varieties in one place. Such evidence reveals that the site was tropical rainforest many years ago.

The beauty of Wilson Botanic Park Berwick begins even before you get to the car park. The oak lined driveway is a prelude to the 39 hectares of natural botanic wonder that lies beyond.

Distance from Little Red Train: 0m

Admission: Free

Open: Grounds: Daily 7:00am - 6:00pm (open until 9:00pm during daylight savings). Visitor Centre: open 10.00 am - 4.00 pm daily

Phone: (03) 9707 5818

Email: wbpb@casey.vic.gov.au

www.casey.vic.gov.au/wilson-botanic-park

Playground

Distance from Little Red Train: 100m

 

Hoo Hoo tower

 

Distance from Little Red Train: 200m

Myuna Farm

Myuna Farm is a public community farm in the south-east area of Melbourne. It is an excellent example of farming life with lots to do for the whole family. Come and visit us for a fun day out!

The farm lets everyone of all ages and abilities, experience hands on contact with a variety of animals. Alongside the Dandenong Creek, it offers a special environment of river gums, wetlands and bird life.

Distance from Little Red Train: 15 minute drive

Address: 182 Kidds Rd, Doveton VIC 3177

Admission: Singles $8, Concession $7, Family(4) $28, Toddler(U1) Free

Open: Daily 10:00am - 4:00pm

Phone: (03) 9706 9944

Email: myunafarm@casey.vic.gov.au

www.casey.vic.gov.au/myuna-farm

Old Cheese factory

Originally part of the historic Springfield Estate, the Old Cheese Factory allows visitors to step back in time and explore the historic buildings, including the Homestead Café, or enjoy the beautifully-landscaped gardens, large children’s playground and barbecue/picnic facilities.

The majestic Old Cheese Factory, featuring the 1860s historic Springfield Homestead, Cheese Factory and Kitchen Wash House, stands as a tall reminder of Australia’s early history.

The site is also home to a variety of regular groups running art and craft programs, Farmers’ Markets, performing arts activities and training programs.

Distance from Little Red Train: 8 minute drive

Address: 34 Homestead Rd, Berwick VIC 3806

Admission: Free

Open: Daily 10:00am - 4:00pm

Phone: (03) 9702 1919

Email: ocf@casey.vic.gov.au

www.casey.vic.gov.au/old-cheese-factory