Grant’s Picnic Ground
One of the most popular outdoor picnic areas in the Dandenong Ranges, Grant’s Picnic Ground is a peaceful pocket of cool, temperate rainforest on the edge of the lush Sherbrooke Forest. Surrounded by the region’s native mountain ash trees, it’s bird-life and native animals galore: lyrebirds, cockatoos, crimson rosellas and rainbow lorikeets often flit through the tall trees. Multiple walking tracks start at Grant’s Picnic Ground and wind through the surrounding area (depending which trail you choose, you can walk from 20 minutes to two hours). If you don’t want to carry your own picnic, there’s a restaurant (Grants on Sherbrooke) in the area where you can grab light meals as well as alcohol, coffee and scones.