Cafe Games Annual Picnic

  • December 14, 2013 · 12:00 PM

Each year we round off the Café Games schedule with a games picnic in a convenient park. BYO food, drink, rugs, sun hats and games!

This year we're going to try out the Royal Botanic Gardens, specifically the Oak Lawn.

Unlike our previous picnics at Albert Park, this location has neither BBQs nor picnic tables but looks like it makes up for it with a delightful atmosphere of a lawn under lots of shady trees.

Bring lots of picnic rugs! We should be recognisable by a pile of boardgames on display, or people actually playing those games!

Although this location appeared to be quite protected from the breezes, you might want to be cautious with games that have lots of very precisely placed paper tokens! But other than that, any style of game is welcome!

Remember your etiquette around food: unless you have been specifically offered someone else's food, don't touch it. Also don't assume there will be food shared around - if you bring no food, you may well go hungry!

Our location is just inside the gardens at Gate F (see annotated map)

TRAMS! Mere minutes via trams South from Flinders Street station (3, 3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 55, 64, 67, 72) There are many trams stops nearby but the most popular is the "Domain Interchange" (see map)

CARS! Although it's a very popular area, there seems to be copious parking on Birdwood Avenue near Gate F (see map) and much of it is unlimited parking on Saturday - but check the parking signs for where you park.

Disclaimer: Melbourne being Melbourne, the weather may conspire against us. Any cancellation or change of location will be advised prominently in the event description.

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  • Christopher

    Hmmm dear me, I forgot to post the "Games Picnic" blog post here! Lots of photos!
    http://cafegames.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/2013-botanic-gardens-games-picnic/

    January 16, 2014

  • Mark

    Great event. To bad it's only once a year.

    2 · December 16, 2013

  • Meg

    Another great event with great people. Thanks, Chris!

    December 15, 2013

  • Christopher

    We're right near gate F, as per the map I provided.

    December 14, 2013

  • Christopher

    We're right near gate F, as per the map I provided.

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Matt C.

    Well, I'm finished work for the day but the laundry waits for no man :( hopefully I will be done soon and can relax with you all

    December 14, 2013

  • Christopher

    Remember to bring picnic rugs or ground sheets so you can play the games you're bringing! Of course card games may be playable on less

    December 14, 2013

    • Mark

      See you all soon!

      December 14, 2013

  • Christopher

    Looks like a lovely day for a picnic now the risk of rain has abated.
    For a detailed map of the Botanic Gardens see here: http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/documents/MelbMap_A3_13.2.13.pdf
    But remember the "where to find us" map is in the description.

    December 14, 2013

    • Douglas C.

      I'm having trouble finding where oak lawn is? Any landmarks nearby?

      December 14, 2013

    • Douglas C.

      Determined it would help if I was in the botanical gardens

      2 · December 14, 2013

  • Kris

    Making some of my homemade beef jerky for anyone who would like to try :-)

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Tara R.

    This clashes with the Scrabble group meeting but I will try and come after. Decisions, decisions.

    December 13, 2013

  • Matt C.

    It's looking more and more likely that I won't be able to make it sadly :( on the plus side, with all this overtime I might be able to afford my own games soon :D

    December 13, 2013

  • Sarah C

    Not sure if I will make it now

    December 12, 2013

  • Ariane

    Does anyone want to join me in creating a proper picnic? e.g. someone brings salad, someone brings bread, someone brings other picnicy items?

    1 · December 11, 2013

    • Ariane

      I will try to save you a tart matt

      December 11, 2013

    • Matt C.

      Mmm I like tarts... Saucy tarts are best ;p

      December 11, 2013

  • Ariane

    A new vote - cupcakes or mini apple tarts?

    December 9, 2013

    • Matt C.

      Pffft trust you two to be keen for tarts ;P

      December 9, 2013

    • Ariane

      What a couple of tarts (had to hehe) and tarts wins the vote.

      December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ooh, too much on on Saturday!

    December 11, 2013

  • deb

    Just FYI everybody - ignore the BG info page about the "free" visitor shuttle. It costs $5 now.

    December 10, 2013

  • Jason

    Ok so now we know where it is, anyone able to provide insight as to parking in the Area? And potentially how much it is?

    December 10, 2013

    • Christopher

      Hi Jason, I already put a section specifically about parking above, marked with "CARS" in bold capitals. When I visited on Saturday, there were lots of people at the park but still there was quite a bit of free parking, metres from Gate F.

      December 10, 2013

    • Jason

      Seems viable, was going to go check it out myself tonight.

      December 10, 2013

  • Solomon M. G.

    Forecast for Melbourne area (Saturday 14 December)
    Cloudy. Isolated showers clearing during the afternoon. Winds southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h turning southerly 15 to 25 km/h during the day.
    Min 14 Max 23, Shower or two clearing.

    December 10, 2013

  • Matt C.

    Awww I've been offered saturday work and can't afford to turn it down.... I'll try to get there but I'm not sure what time we'll finish :(

    December 5, 2013

    • Ariane

      If only we could get paid to sit in the park and play board games. :-(

      December 9, 2013

    • Matt C.

      Mmmm wouldn't it be nice....

      December 9, 2013

  • Kerrie

    Hi why don't we have this picnic at Jells Park in Wheelers Hill.lol

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • David B.

    Christopher! For the love of crumpets! Will you please either exercise executive power as the organiser of the event, or determine a process for the decision.

    I can't be the only one who is getting so turned off by all the waffle that I am now having second thoughts about going.

    There is no way you are going to please everyone.

    2 · December 4, 2013

    • Christopher

      Hi David, yes there has been a lot of waffle here. You'll notice that I've been almost completely absent and had nothing to do with all this business of people taking votes etc. I've been busy working.

      I'm sure I mentioned below, but I intended to make the decision on Monday. I'd hoped that it would be sufficient that people knew a picnic was going to be on Saturday 14 in Melbourne.

      I don't think there needs to be this amount of discussion, I assume some of people are enjoying it, but it is unnecessary have voting bureaucracy as I will be making the decision.

      The parks will do their own voting when I visit them.

      1 · December 4, 2013

    • Mark

      Mmm... crumpets.

      3 · December 4, 2013

  • Ariane

    I vote for nice weather - please no rain :-)

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Jason

    I declare Flagstaff Gardens to be the front runner. It's near the Royal Standard so we all know where it is, there's ample parking close by, and it's across the road from the train station so it makes the Trifecta! We can all later converge on the RS for drinks should we be so inclined.

    1 · December 2, 2013

    • David B.

      I don't know whether you counted my vote as either Albert or Botanical, but either way for the sake of resolution I switch it to Carlton Gardens.

      December 3, 2013

    • Ariane

      I was only messing around - work is super quiet so i thought I would tally the votes :-) - and jason imaginary people don't get votes

      December 4, 2013

  • Ethan Chinloon C.

    To be honest, it will be alot easier if the mods picked a place based on suggestions given rather than trying to do a democratic vote. At the end of the day it is about the games, not the location. provided it is fairly central im sure people will come

    December 4, 2013

    • Christopher

      LOL, I didn't start any voting, that's just something people are doing for fun :-)

      December 4, 2013

    • Mark

      C'mon Chris, pick a spot. I still think Flagstaff is the best option - access, ammenity and activities are all there.

      December 4, 2013

  • deb

    If it helps, you can find out about all the parks and amenities here : http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ParksandActivities/Parks/Pages/Parklocation.aspx#maps

    Carlton Gardens has underground (paid) parking until late, tram or bus access from Rathdowne, Victoria and Nicholson Streets (walkable from Parliament Stn or free tram from Melbourne Central). Undercover seating (on concrete bring a cushion) in front of Melbourne Museum. It does not, apparently, have barbecues (I can do a visual tour to confirm if wanted). There are also small IGA and convenience stores within 5-ish minutes walk and a small bottle shop across the street.

    I'm happy to go with the majority - just thought additional info would help.

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have another gig until mid afternoon - how long does it normally last, please, Chris?

    December 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That does sound good. However as I am unfortunate enough to live in Altona Meadows, it just seems that much more difficult to get to the east side

      December 3, 2013

    • Rachelle

      Undercover would be good

      December 3, 2013

  • Christopher

    Someone said the public transport was easier to the Botanic Gardens than Albert Park, are you talking about the St Kilda road trams?
    The St Kilda road trams pass close to Albert Park as well, though Albert Park also has specific trams that take you directly there ;-)

    December 3, 2013

    • Lydia S.

      Thank you for pointing that out, Christopher. I organized an event at the Botanical Gardens recently and, because we had it at the BBQs, some people had to walk over 1km to get there, carrying all their stuff. It all depends on exactly where it is. Since one can never plan the weather in advance, having a place for cover is imperative too. My two cents. We await the final decision. And since we have a week and a half until the event, we wait patiently.

      December 3, 2013

  • David B.

    I'm beginning to suspect that if a decision isn't made soon, it won't happen at all. Which would be a great shame as I'm really looking forward to it.

    2 · December 3, 2013

    • Matt C.

      I'm going regardless, if no-one else decides then I guess I'll just find a nice park to sit in for the afternoon :D

      December 3, 2013

    • Christopher

      There's not much real activity here. On the weekend I'm going to check out suggested areas in the Botanic Gardens. If all else "fails" we'll just be at Albert Park like we've been for the last few years since we know that works. Has barbies, shelters, wildlife :-)

      December 3, 2013

  • Ethan Chinloon C.

    Would it be legal to bring my own alcohol?

    December 3, 2013

    • Matt C.

      Absolutely not, but don't let that stop you ;P i'm pretty sure open containers in public is a no-no legally but don't quote me on it as I see it all the time anyway

      December 3, 2013

  • Ariane

    I would vote for carlton gardens its my fav and I can park at work - which is just across the road (for now)

    1 · November 21, 2013

    • Ariane

      Mark - you just described flagstaff gardens. Carlton gardens is near the royal exhibition building. Close to parliment station, loads of open spaces and seats with an amazing view of a historic building.

      December 2, 2013

    • Mark

      Ah my mistake. Either is good for me.

      December 2, 2013

  • Mark

    I'm bringing a croquet set. Different kind of game.

    3 · December 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So can we decide? It's so much better to know in advance as I get put off when I don't know where it will be....especially in the busy run-up to Christmas...personally I vote for the botanical gardens somewhere at the flinders street station end so that it's easy to get to

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Edgar

    I think I belong to the minority that has to get there in public transport, so let me let you know that Albert park usually involves a lot more walking from public transport spots. Combine that with summer day and carrying games and you have a rather unhappy and enervated camper. Botanical Gardens for the win! (although I also like the suggestion of Carlton Gardens.)

    December 2, 2013

  • Lydia S.

    I'm going to vote FOR Albert Park. Take that, Albert Park haters! ;-P Otherwise I may have to miss this super fun event. :o(

    December 1, 2013

  • David B.

    I don't really mind where, but the botanical gardens would seem to be the easiest for people from all around the city to get to. But we would need explicit instructions on where in the gardens to meet as it is a big place.

    November 21, 2013

    • Kris

      It was my first time to Albert Park, cut me some slack lol :p

      November 22, 2013

    • Paul

      I didn't follow them either, I did a complete circuit of the Park before I found you guys.

      November 22, 2013

  • Michelle

    I would vote for the botanical gardens just because it is quicker to get to from the city than albert park.

    November 16, 2013

    • David B.

      Yes they are close if you compare tip to tip! :) The Botanical Gardens have many more options public-transportwise for those that may want to drink and therefore not drive.

      November 21, 2013

    • David B.

      I live next door to Albert Park on the Queens Rd side so it doesn't matter to me either way. Just thinking of others.

      November 21, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    Sure. Happy to come.

    November 14, 2013

  • Kris

    I vote against Albert Park, because it's such a huge place. I got lost trying to find you guys last year :/

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • deb

    I vote for Carlton Gardens but that's cause I'm lazy and live across the street....... :-)

    2 · November 13, 2013

  • Kris

    When you say placeholder, does that mean the date is set in stone, just not the location?

    November 13, 2013

    • Christopher

      date is 90%, location is more the debate :-)

      November 13, 2013

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