"A beautiful, gentle experience of the forest, awakening my senses to tiny aspects I may have otherwise missed.
A fabulous winter day. Thank you"
- Penny, Berrick
"A perfect length and variety of activities. I discovered a whole new universe. It was wonderful. Thank you."
Exclusive access to natural beauty. Meticulously planned by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch & head gardener, Michael Morrison, the gardens of Cruden Farm have been left for the public to enjoy. With the garden to ourselves, we wander through changing seasons of numerous colourful blooms and enjoy the subtle perfume of 100 lemon-scented eucalypts. Our path drifts to the lakeside to meet willows, oaks and the quietude of cypress trees while leaving our stress behind.
Connect with manna gums rising up through winter mist or rich colourful rhododendrons in the spring. This garden offers a deeply reflective lake & if we're extra quiet, the secrets of Australia's illusive lyrebird down in the fern gully.
Explore the subtle details of Australia's unique flora. Enjoy a myriad of unique Australian bush scents, textures & colours while native birds busy themselves among the greenery.
Flower beds, fern gullies, oak lawns & herb gardens, Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens are ever-changing. Something new to experience on every visit.
Listen to the many wild birds calling while we wandering along the banks of Melbourne's Birrarung Yarra river.
Known for its autumn hues, we wind out way towards the picturesque boathouse lake to sit quietly, rest & contemplate.
Meet magnificant trees in their forest environment. A family of giant sequoias surrounded by native forest and a singing creek. Currently closed for upgrades. Opening end 2023.
A good question. Forest Therapy is much more than a basic walk in nature because it enables us to experience what slowing down really feels like. It provides realistic time and space for reflection, insight, decision-making, and renewal. Forest Therapy has specifically designed activities that open the door to a relationship with nature that is a connected experience rather than just observation.
Forest Therapy can be enjoyed in all weather, However, participant safety is a priority and for that reason Temple4 Forest Therapy is constantly in touch with local authorities and individual parks to determine weather condition suitability. If a walk is cancelled due to weather conditions, participants will be notified and given the opportunity to reschedule or be reimbursed.
Yes, friends can join the walks. However, all participants must book via the website links, as for safety reasons, there is a maximum number of participants for each walk.
Temple4 Forest Therapy walks include walking on constructed and unmade paths, lawns and other natural leafy and sometimes damp ground. They also include moderate and occasionally moderate-steep gradients. Good walking shoes are therefore a necessity. Dependent on the weather and time of year, these include runners, walking boots, walking sandals or comfortable work shoes. Heels, thongs, flip flops or slip on type footwear is not suitable. Walks also operate throughout all seasons including cooler and warmer weather conditions. Temple4 Forest Therapy asks for a sensible approach regarding foot wear and clothing and cannot take responsibility for personal choices in this regard.
All the Forest Therapy walk locations have customer car parking available.
At the moment, unfortunately, the walks in the Dandenong Ranges include steps and some graded terrain off made up paths that may be difficult and/or inaccessible for assisted walking equipment. However Temple4 Forest Therapy is researching and mapping accessible Forest Therapy trails. Watch this space.
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