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“Rainforest treat for the photographers”

Grants on Sherbrooke
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Rainforest treat for the photographers”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Living not that far from the Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges, it was with some amusement that we watched the visitors at Grants photographing and feeding the white cockatoos - the very same beasts that have eaten away half the cedar window frames in the hills. That aside, Grants is the starting place for some great rainforest walks that are truly a photographers' treat. Ferns, towering gum trees, fungi and, if you are lucky, the elusive Lyrebird. Unfortunately on this occasion, even though the two of us were cameras at the ready, the Lyrebirds were nary to be seen - except as an emblem for the local hills Shire. Suggest you visit early to avoid the tour buses if you are intending to visit the Grants restaurant and gift shop, but outside the forests are so extensive that it is easy to find a quiet track to walk.

Visited October 2013
Thank Denis C
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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727 reviews
292 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
“Great place to stop and see Cockatoos up close”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We were driving by and came across this place, the bird feeding of the cockatoos was the main attraction as you can see this as you drive up the road.
Very popular, there were many people here and parking was very difficult up a narrow parking road. When we eventually found parking a the top of car park, it was worth the short walk back to see the birds. You are able to virtually hand feed the birds in a small designated area. Food is available for purchase. Very popular with people of all nationalities. The birds are very friendly and obviously used to having so many people around. It was very nice to be able to get up and close to them.
Across the road there is a souvenir shop and restaurant/café which was also very popular.
In the car park there are several picnic tables and a large area which is covered that families had their barbecues going, cooking alsorts of good smelling food!
Very busy and hard to get parking but we are glad we stopped and had a look around.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Strickes
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 6 Contributor
296 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Just to see the Cockatoos is fun”
Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here for about a half hour and was entertained by the cockatoo family. Worth a short stop.... Wear a long sleeve shirt!

1 Thank mysterioustraveling
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“feeding the birds”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

At grants on sherbrook theres a tasty little cafe and you can get seed and the birds come down and feed straight out of your hand!They sit all over you it was quite the experience.

Visited April 2012
4 Thank Chontelle79
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Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Birds and expensive food.”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

Ah, you know. It's Grants. It's been an institution for years, and the convoluted and expensive system they've set up for feeding birds (buy a token, feed birds in a very small area, only a certain amount of seed released per day) is better than the chaos that reigned previously, but it also seems to have taken its toll on the price of food in the cafe/restaurant. Bring back the pie and sausage rolls from the days of yore.

Visited September 2012
5 Thank Pippa R
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