There’s so much to see and do in the City of Casey – one of Australia’s fastest-growing municipalities! Life at Ortus places you right in the thick of it, making our little community the perfect place to put down roots if you seek an active lifestyle surrounded by nature.
There are so many great recreational amenities nearby, here are just a few you might want to check out on your next weekend adventure!
Cranbourne Royal Botanic Gardens
Located mere moments from the Ortus community, the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens is one of the most spectacular spots in Melbourne’s southeast. Here you have over 300 hectares of native bushland, wetlands and woodlands to explore including the award-winning Australian Garden. This is a definite highlight, with about 100,000 plants spread across 15 landscape displays and exhibition gardens. A beautiful display of the unique beauty to be found in our amazing country.
Myuna Farm is a fantastic family day out! With so much to do, there really is something for everyone, whether it’s having a cuddle with some farm animals or enjoying a tranquil walk through the wetlands. For the kids, there is also an awesome playground and maze to run around in. Free barbeques can also be found on site if you’re in the mood to picnic, while the Myuna Farm Café is also available, dishing out a wide range of good farm tucker, hot and cold drinks and ice creams.
Wilson Botanic Park
We’re blessed with many beautiful gardens in the southeast, with Wilson Botanic Park in nearby Berwick another great spot for nature lovers. There’s so much to see and do here, it would be impossible to list it all! Wilson Botanic Park spans 39 hectares and is home to over 1,000 different plant species, both native and exotic. You can see over 80 different species of birds as well as turtles, frogs, lizards and snakes. So be sure to keep an eye out when you’re exploring the park.
Visitors can relax with friends and enjoy a BBQ or picnic. Kids will love the playground and there are plenty of wonderful walking tracks around the park. And for the amateur bird watchers, there is a Birdhide perched on the edge of the park’s Basalt Lake, providing the perfect cover to see some native wildlife.
Throughout the month of July, Wilson Botanic Park is also celebrating its 30th birthday! From igloos to a mosaic workshop, guided tours, after-dark family discos and live performances, there are heaps of events on offer to entertain the whole family. Check out the full program here.
The Old Cheese Factory
At the majestic Old Cheese Factory, visitors can really take a step back in time! The historic site is home to the Springfield Homestead. Built in the 1860s, the homestead features a Cheese Factory and Kitchen Wash House, standing as a tall reminder of Australia’s early history. There are also beautiful gardens to explore here, and a large children’s playground, with barbecue and picnic facilities that play host to many family gatherings in the warmer months. Whether you’re keen to get married in the beautiful grounds or take part in a pottery class, you can find all the information you’ll need over on the City of Casey website.
Bunjil Place is a one-of-a-kind destination, bringing together creativity, entertainment, and community in a way unlike anywhere else in Australia. There’s always something exciting to see or do at this vibrant arts precinct, with a full program of events running throughout the year.
As the crown jewel of the City of Casey’s entertainment industry, Bunjil Place brings together an unprecedented mix of facilities including an outdoor community plaza, theatre, multipurpose studio, function centre, library, gallery and City of Casey Customer Service Centre all in one place.
If you visit Bunjil Place, you’ll immediately notice its striking design. The iconic roof structure is designed to resemble a soaring eagle’s wings with the world-renowned timber gridshell in the foyer acting as the legs. This reflects the meaning behind the building’s name, which is inspired by stories of Bunjil (also known as ‘Bundjil’) the ‘creator’, from our First Nation’s People.
Bunjil Place is the destination for arts and entertainment in Melbourne’s southeast, making it well worth a visit! Check out the website to see all the upcoming events and exhibitions or sign up to their newsletter for a regular delivery of news direct to your inbox!