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10 things to do in Moreland over summer

Great List of things to do from Moreland Council

1. Eat at Brunswick’s cafes and restaurants

Moreland has some of the hippest cafes and restaurants in the inner city. Visit Lygon Street, East Brunswick to sample some of the best restaurants that we have to offer – from Greek, Lebanese and Italian to Indian and vegan delights. Sydney Road also has some great resturants and cafes catering for all tastes. See the listing of cafes and restaurants in Brunswick.

2. Take a bike ride

Moreland has the 21-kilometre Merri Creek Trail where you can enjoy beautiful natural scenery on your bike or take a leisurely walk. See walking trails and bike paths for more information. For sports cycling enthusiasts,Brunswick Velodrome in Roberts Reserve is free. The velodrome is regularly used by Brunswick Cycling Club, but it’s open to the public at other times so bring your bike for a spin.

3. Find a bargain

Coburg, Brunswick and Glenroy are known for for their terrific opportunity shops where you can pick up some cool retro cloting and bargains. Scour the bookshelves for novels, magazines and old records. The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul have charity shops located in Brunswick, Coburg and Fawkner. Take a look at the op shop guide for more locations around Moreland.

4. Go bird watching

The wetlands to the north and south of the Western Ring Road are good spots to go bird watching, including the Jacana Retarding Basin in Glenroy. Some parks in Moreland and along the Merri Creek and Moonee Ponds Creek also have some interesting bird life.

5. Make some extra cash

Coburg Trash and Treasure Market, held at the Coburg drive-in every Sunday, is great if you want to offload some of old furniture, clothes and other bric-a-brac and make some extra cash. There are over 200 stalls selling new and second-hand goods, antiques and craft.

MoreArt handstand

6. See some local art

Visit the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick to view their latest exhibition. See the current and upcoming exhibition program to find out what’s on. While you’re at it, check out some of the fabulous public art around Moreland featuring Council-commissioned artworks that reflect local themes.

7. Shop locally for food and clothing

Spend time exploring local shopping areas, buy cheap samples and seconds atfactory outlets and sample some of the fresh local produce at CERES organic market, open Wednesday – Saturday. There’s also the Coburg Farmers Market every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 8 am – 1 pm

8. Visit a Moreland library

Brunswick Library, Coburg Library, Fawkner library and Glenroy library are a great places to hang out over summer. Visit library events and activities to find out what’s happening at each library, including book groups, school holiday activities and Live at the Library events.

9. Have a picnic

Moreland has over 175 parks and playgrounds that are perfect for picnics with family and friends. Coburg Lake Reserve is a popular place for weekend and summertime frolicking, with some great walking paths and play spaces to keep the kids busy. Visit Brunswick’s newest park, Bush Reserve, which features barbecues, an olive grove and a flying fox.

Sydney Road filled with people and stalls at Street Party 2006

10. Go to a festival

Moreland is home to many culturally diverse community events and festivals. The Brunswick Music Festivalis a great way to see new local talent for all musical styles and tastes. This annual event kicks off with the Sydney Road Street Party on Sunday 6 March 2016.

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