A few Sundays ago before a family lunch at a hotel in Beaconsfield, I felt the need for a decent walk and as we had time before lunch, we decided to walk before lunch, but where? Admire the windows of Berwick shops? A walk along a country road? R said, isn't there a park in Berwick? A check with my best friend and there certainly is a park, the Wilson Botanic Park. Suddenly my best friend's mapping system relegated itself to being second best friend as there was no indication on the map as to how to enter the park. But my new best friend, Melways, had it all in clear detail.
What a discovery the park was. You probably have to be Australian and of a certain age to get, "Why wasn't I told?" My family should have told me about it. Mother later said she had been there once. It truly is a gem. Chainsaw Niece has even worked on a project there.
Near the office, staffed by a very pleasant and helpful volunteer.
This rose arbour will look fantastic by early summer.
A very formally constructed modern fountain. I hope you can see the spurty jets.
A big pond or a small lake.
What would be people have to complain about, if the local council didn't spend money on public art that no one gets. Old Farmer Dave reckons they coulda filled a coupla dozen road potholes for what the sculptures cost.
Lemon scented gums, with bark as smooth as the proverbial baby's bum. Note what looks like a cliff face behind the trees.
I think glass house #101 says something about a roof.
Across this larger lake is an amphitheatre.
It was just so pretty.
Around the other side at the amphitheatre.
What is this thing called love? Right at the edge only just visible in the soil was another similar structure. I surmised a road bridge once crossed the lake, even though it made no sense at all. Later I read the park guide pamphlet. Remember the earlier cliff face? It is the wall of an old quarry and this was part of a rock crushing plant within the quarry, the quarry now being the lake.
Time to go and we had not looked at the higher Bassalt Lake, either of the lookouts, the play area and more. What a treasure of a park and a credit to the City of Casey and the volunteers who help. We shall return.