Best free walking trails
Explore the Yarra Ranges National Park
The Yarra Ranges National Park is an absolute haven for nature lovers who love exploring the great outdoors. With lush forests, cascading waterfalls and diverse wildlife, this park offers endless opportunities for exploration.
Take a leisurely hike along one of the many walking trails, have a picnic by the river, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings as you immerse yourself in the beauty of the towering Mountain Ash, lush tree ferns and mossy Myrtle Beech.
Admire the Karwarra Native Garden
A tranquil stroll through two hectares of wildflowers, gardens, a plant nursery and picnic area is the perfect place to explore Australian natives before having your own BBQ or pack lunch. Karwarra is part of the larger Kalorama Memorial Recreational Reserve, featuring a skate park, playground, tennis courts and toilet facilities.
Best free places to play
Build a snowman on the mountain
If you’re heading to the Yarra Valley during the snow season, Mt Donna Buang is a popular place to indulge in fun snow play for free. As part of the Victorian Alps in Warburton, it is the closest snowfield to the City of Melbourne.
From an elevation of 1,245m, you can bring a toboggan, build a snowman, make snow angels, and take in the panoramic views of Melbourne and the Yarra Valley.
Cool down with some water play
If the sun is shining, head to Seville Water Play, a free play space with run-through sprinklers, jets, and shallow walk-through pools. Remember to stay sun smart during the hotter weather.
Next door you’ll find the Seville Regional Playspace, ideal for those who don’t want to get wet. There’s a farm-themed playground with an inbuilt rock-climbing wall, maze, and trampolines.