Explore Sydenham

For a morning of fun with the family head to The Lakes Reserve (Chichester Drive, Taylors Lakes). The reserve is set on the shores of Taylors Lakes, so make sure you pack the fishing rod! The kids will enjoy the newly upgraded playground and jetties extending over the lake. Don’t forget to make use of the fabulous picnic and barbecue facilities at this popular family destination.

For lunch, head to a local hotel such as the Taylors Lakes Hotel (7 Melton Hwy, Taylors Lakes), and follow it with an afternoon movie at Hoyts Watergardens or bowling session at ZONE Bowling (both at Watergardens Town Centre, 399 Melton Hwy, Taylors Lakes).

If getting in touch with nature is your preference, start the day exploring the Organ Pipes National Park (Organ Pipes Rd, Keilor North). Enjoy a bushwalk and inspect the extraordinary lava formation that gives the park its name – you might even glimpse a wallaby, platypus or kangaroo.

After lunch, spend the afternoon walking or cycling along the Taylors Creek Recreational Trail (start at Rowlandson Place, Taylors Lakes) and discover something new.

In the evening grab dinner at a popular local restaurant such as Priya Indian (Hume Dve, Sydenham) or any of the 60 eateries featured in Station Streat at Watergardens Town Centre (399 Melton Hwy, Taylors Lakes).

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