Travel 40km south-east of Melbourne’s CBD you’ll find yourself in Langwarrin. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with what it has on offer — good eats and outdoor experiences included.
The McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery is undoubtably one of Langwarrin’s greatest assets, with many making the trip to feast their eyes on over 100 unique outdoor sculptures. It also makes for the perfect picnic location, with a lake to sit by to take in the serenity. If the sun isn’t shining, head indoors to browse the three indoor galleries, and enjoy lunch at the onsite cafe.
If a country-style garden with a lifetime of history is more your thing, then look no further than Cruden Farm. Back in 1928 Kevin Murdoch gifted his bride, Elisabeth Green with the farm as a wedding present. The pair, along with the help of others, transformed the farm into a masterpiece of landscapes and design. It has continued to evolve through the generations with Dame Elisabeth’s daughters and grand-daughters contributing to the garden. You can visit Cruden Farm on designated open days.
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The history lesson continues with the Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve. This native bushland reserve holds an important place in military history, as it was used as a former military reserve between the 1880s and 1990s. These days, it’s considered suburban wilderness oasis that many use for jogging, walking and cycling. It’s also a fantastic location for wildlife photography and nature appreciation.
If you’re a fan of the berry fruit family and find the local supermarkets supply isn’t up to scratch, give The Bramble Farm a visit and pick your own. Harvest season is between November and April when the weather is fine. While you’re there, meet the farm’s cute miniature ponies.
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When you’re feeling pekish why not try one of these eateries to satisfy your cravings. If you’re after something quick and healthy, check out Acai Brothers. Pronounced ahh-sigh-ee, this superfood has taken the whole of Melbourne (including Langwarrin) by storm. If you’re after something a little heartier, make your way to the Langwarrin Hotel. This classic pub has everyone’s favourites, including the good ol’ chicken parma. Try something a little fancier by ordering the Tuscan lamb cutlets.
It wouldn’t be a Melbourne ‘burb without a local cafe that serves up a good coffee alongside tasty brekkies like eggs, bacon and avo. Ducky Brown Gateway is the place to go. The menu is large and impressive, with everything from pancakes to burgers.
For a spot of shopping — this one is for the ladies — pay Marylee Clothing a visit. The business was started by two young mothers who shared a passion for on-trend fashion at affordable prices. And their boutique business offers just that. Bold colours and patterns fill the racks however, you’ll also find quality staple pieces here too.