5 START THE NEW YEAR WITH A FAM­ILY PIC­NIC

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1 GRANTS PIC­NIC GROUND

En­joy a pic­nic in Sher­brooke For­est and you won’t be the only one en­joy­ing a feed — birds will eat right from your hand. There are pic­nic ta­bles and free bar­be­cues, a cafe and lots of walk­ing tracks. 70 Mon­bulk Rd, Kal­lista. park­web.vic.gov.au

2 ROYAL BOTANIC GAR­DENS

Some of the most pop­u­lar spots for pic­nics are the Western Lawn near the Chil­dren’s Gar­den, Pic­nic Point by the lake — look for eels and black swans — and Eastern Lawn with city views. Bird­wood Ave, Mel­bourne. rbg.vic.gov.au

3 WERRIBEE MAN­SION

There are more than 16ha of for­mal gar­dens and open park­lands, but the most pop­u­lar pic­nic spots are on the lawn in front of the grand man­sion. Later, you can tour the man­sion, sculp­ture walk, her­itage orchard and farm. K Rd, Werribee. park­web.vic.gov.au

4 EMERALD LAKE PARK

The last stop for Puff­ing Billy and the start of walk­ing trails, pic­nic spots, pad­dle boats, fish­ing, wad­ing pool, play­grounds, cafe and en­vi­ron­ment cen­tre. There is also plenty of park­ing. Emerald Lake Park Rd, Emerald. emer­ald­lakepark.com.au

5 SERENDIP SANC­TU­ARY

West of Mel­bourne, this is an ex­am­ple of an­cient open grassy wood­lands and wet­lands. About 150 dif­fer­ent bird species breed or visit the sanc­tu­ary. Pic­nic facilities are near the carpark. 100 Win­der­mere Rd, Lara. park­web.vic.gov.au

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