Picnic spots to while away the autumn days

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By Melissa Meehan

Autumn has to be one of the most magical times of the year to spend in the Yarra Ranges.

Most days are warm and sunny, but you couldn’t complain about some clouds and a light breeze.

The leaves of some trees turn red, yellow or brown and others fall to the ground making a colourful wonderland for the kids to explore.

It’s no surprise that for many, their favourite way to wind down is to find a tranquil picnic spot to meet some friends, unpack the picnic basket and while away the autumn afternoon.

But where are the best places to take the family for a picnic? Yarra Ranges Kids has done all the hard work and found some wonderful spots to share with your friends.

We’re sure to have missed some, the area has an abundance of wonderfully shady, breezy parks perfect for lounging and playing.

Our favourite has to be Badger Weir Picnic Area – it’s popularity is no surprise and it’s difficult to find the words to describe its beauty.

So much so, photographer Rob Carew, took some amazing cover shots while he visited.

If you are wondering what makes such a wonderful family picnic spot, we’ve narrowed it down to a few important points.

There must be picnic tables, open spaces or playgrounds for the kids to place and beautiful views.

And we’ve put together a list of the best places in the Yarra Ranges.

All you need to bring is some food, friends and fun.

Badger Weir Picnic Area, Badger Creek

Olinda Falls Picnic Ground, Olinda

Kays Picnic Ground, Monbulk

Mount Dandenong Arboretum, Mount Dandenong

Birdsland Reserve, Belgrave Heights

Donnellys Weir Picnic Area, Healesville

Yarra River, Warburton

Fernshaw picnic ground, Healesville

Maroondah Reservoir Park, Healesville

Gallipoli Park, Marysville

One Tree Hill Picnic Ground Ferntree Gully

Emerald Lake Park, Emerald

Lysterfield Lake, Lysterfield