A guide to parks and reserves in Bundoora
Anyone who has woken to the sounds of birds; who has walked through lush wetlands to get to their local shops; or who has spent an afternoon reading on a picnic rug under a gum tree, knows the restorative benefits of getting back to nature.
Doctors and mindfulness practitioners alike tell us that time spent outdoors is a fantastic investment in our physical health and our mental wellbeing. But for many who live and work in the city, it can often seem out of reach.
Bundoora is a unique community, where residents live with all the convenience and proximity of the city, yet are surrounded by nature. It’s where weekend strolls through the parklands, and nature walks with the kids are all a part of daily life.
Here are some of Bundoora’s best parks and reserves worth a visit:
Bundoora Park is one of Melbourne’s most diverse parks and has an activity to suit every age group and interest.
There’s a golf course, dog park, information centre, wildlife reserve and heritage village.
But hand’s down, the best thing about Bundoora Park is that it has a zoo. Well, Bundoora Park Farm is sort of a cross between a zoo and a farm. Enjoy activities like animal feeding, rabbit and guinea pig handling, story time and lots more.
You can easily spend an entire day here.
Find Bundoora Park at 1069 Plenty Rd, Bundoora.
Benjamin Park is the local haunt for mums and dads to catch up over takeaway coffees while the kids stay happily entertained on the fun and interactive playground for…well, long enough to catch up on all the community news.
Find Benjamin Park at 25 Benjamin Close, Bundoora.
Norris Bank Parklands
Norris Bank Parklands is a gorgeous pocket of nature that will make you feel a million miles away from it all.
This park is all about sports and games, featuring six tennis courts along with a pavilion and clubrooms.
There is also a bocce rink, a walking and bike path, a playground, electric barbecues, a basketball court, a liberty swing and a picnic shelter.
Find Norris Bank Parklands at 135 McLeans Rd, Bundoora.
Yulong Reserve is one of those outdoor areas where the community really comes together.
Football, baseball and cricket clubs all make it their home, and there’s also a bowls area and a modern ‘traversing style’ fully-fenced playground.
Find Yulong Park at the corner of Plenty Rd and Bent St, Bundoora.
Fitzjohns Park is fantastic for the family that loves the great outdoors. The 2.8-hectare park features walking trails, bike paths, and wetlands.
Find Fitzjohns Park at Fitzjohns Drive, Bundoora.
Janefield Wetland is an eco-park style reserve with an impressive modern walkway that allows you to experience the local wetlands without interfering with the biodiversity.
Find Janefield Wetland at 43 Janefield Drive, Bundoora.
Learn more about the neighbourhood of Bundoora and its wide, open spaces here.