Darebin Parklands has a natural bush and country feel that is unique given it is only 7km from the Melbourne CBD. There are hidden treasures within the park including remnant orchards and crops that were grown on the fringe of a growing city during the mid-1800s. A dairy farm, vineyard, quarry and tip site were all at times active industries within the bounds of the park, and clues of this can still be found if one knows where to look.
The Parklands houses staff of the DCMC, in the aptly named Darebin Creek Environment Centre. The Environment Centre is the working hub of environmental education in the Darebin Creek Catchment, where school, TAFE and university students, along with community groups and interested people can utilise the skills and facilities on offer.
For picnickers and visitors the Darebin Parklands have toilets and free electric BBQs and plenty of open grassy areas to kick back and relax.
Access to the park is either via Separation St, Alphington, or from Rockbeare Grove, Ivanhoe. Arrive via public transport from Alphington or Darebin Station or from the 508 Bus on Separation Street.
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Parklands in Park Watch Magazine
The March 2012 issue of Park Watch has a great article about the Darebin Parklands. It's fantastic to see such a small park getting the attention of the Victorian National Parks Association and you can read about it here.
Darebin Parklands - Escaping the claws of the Machine
Darebin Parklands: Escaping the Claws of the Machine by Dr Sarah Mirams, with foreword by former Australian of the Year Professor Tim Flannery, is now available.
You can also purchase the book online at the Darebin Parklands Association Website with your credit card or PayPal account using their secure facility. Click here to go to the secure online store.
Darebin Parklands: Escaping the Claws of the Machine is a beautifully illustrated coffee table book that tells the story of the land our park is created on – from the First Nation indigenous owners to the farmers and industrialists who later occupied the site. It tells of how concerted community action over a generation saw the land saved “from the claws of the machine”.
“I commend this story to anyone who has a vision for improving his or her community, who seeks inspiration to make it happen.”
From the foreword by former Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery
To order a copy please visit the Darebin Parklands Association website.