Grants Picnic Ground, Dandenongs, Australia

Grants Picnic Ground is located in the Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

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Grants Picnic Ground is known for its picnic grounds, bush walks, and bird feeding (due to cease February 2020).

Grants on Sherbrooke is a locally-owned and run tearooms and souvenir shop located in the grounds. You can purchase tokens here to access the bird feeding area.

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The fenced bird feeding area is the only spot currently in the Dandenong Ranges were hand feeding native birds is permitted. Bird feeding at Grants Picnic Ground is due to be discontinued in February 2020.

In the past there was the opportunity to feed colourful lorikeets and king parrots. The sulphur-crested cockatoo has in recent years pushed the smaller birds out.

 

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Nearby is the Margaret Lester Forest Walk. This short 500 metre, 15 minute loop track has been designed with a hardsurfaced track to allow those with prams or limited mobility enjoy the forest.

The sealed track was constructed in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons. It was first of its kind in Victoria. Margaret Lester was a paraplegic and architecture graduate advised in its design.

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There is also the Hardy Gully Nature Walk (700 m | 45 min loop) and the Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk (7.1 km | 2 hour loop), which both start from the Picnic Grounds.

Facilities wise there are several picnic tables and electric BBQs dotted around the reserve, including a covered pavilion with four picnic tables.

Grants Picnic Ground and Grants on Sherbrooke are located at 70 Monbulk Road, Kallist, Victoria.

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Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory is an domed conservatory and aviary located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.

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Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park

In this temperature-controlled conservatory, which opened in 1969, there are more than 120 exotic birds and 500 tropical plants and flowers.

It is home to red, blue and gold, and dwarf macaws; African, Amazon, Eastern Rosella, and Eclectus parrots; a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo; and a variety of canaries, finches, pheasants, and waxbills.

There are laminated self-guided maps available with information on the various birds, tropical plants and flowers.

Bloedel Conservatory is located off 33rd Avenue, between Cambie and Main Streets. During the summer (May to August) the conservatory is open from 10am to 8pm, and in winter (September to April) from 10am to 5pm.

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