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With an abundance of wide, green parkland, Keysborough is a family-friendly suburb waiting to be explored. One of the best places in Melbourne for outdoors experience, spend some time with the locals.

As Melbourne’s population boomed during the 1970s, many of the migrants who moved to the city found themselves centring around the hub of Dandenong. Neighbouring Keysborough was a suburb that experienced large-scale growth at that time, and, 40 years later, is a thriving, multicultural place inhabited by friendly locals.

Some of the best places in Keysborough to experience this friendliness are at the family-friendly parks and playgrounds that are spread across the suburb. Tatterson Park is one of these, with its giant bug playground sure to be an instant hit with the kids. Step through the giant magnifying glass and climb aboard spiders, ants and even a ladybird or two. Bring your bike and cut some laps of the sports oval next to the playground or feed your adventurous spirit with an exploration through Tatterson Park’s 20 hectares of woodlands and wetlands.

Another of Keysborough’s most popular open spaces is Roth Hetherington Native Botanical Garden, an oasis of colour that features flora from across Australia. Each state and territory has its own area of vegetation, showcasing the diversity of natural beauty that our country offers in one convenient (and beautiful) location. Another reason for the Garden’s popularity is the fenced off-leash dog park, so give your pooch the chance to burn some energy.

Another dog-friendly park in Keysborough is Frederick Wachter Reserve. It also features tennis courts, a couple of ovals for kicking the footy, as well as a great playground for the kids. What’s more, you can pick up supplies for a barbecue from the Parkmore Shopping Centre just across the road, then fire up one of the BBQ’s in the park for a tasty – and wallet-friendly – lunch.

When it comes to dining out, Shark Fin Inn proves itself as not only one of the best restaurants in Keysborough, but arguably one of the tastiest Chinese restaurants in all of south-east Melbourne. Part of the same restaurant family as its namesake and Shark Fin House in the city’s Chinatown district, it doesn’t take long to taste why this institution is so popular with locals and visitors alike. Start with shredded roast duck before diving head first into strips of crocodile cooked with ginger and shallots and stir-fried venison with XO chilli sauce, and you’ll know what the fuss is all about.

Want to raise the heart rate? Book yourself – and your kids, if you need an excuse to spend an afternoon airborne – in for a session at Xtreme Air Trampoline Park. Melbourne’s largest trampoline park, it features six foam pit lanes, three dodgeball courts, four slam dunk lanes and one of the biggest free jump areas you’ve ever seen, with more than 60 interconnected trampolines. The on-site cafe will keep you fed and watered, and if you’re looking for a birthday party venue for kids, here it is.

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