Yan Yean Reservoir Park

Yan Yean Reservoir Park

Address: Recreation Rd, Yan Yean, Victoria 3755

Freecall:  131 963  

Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au
Web: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/yan-yean-reservoir-park

Yan Yean Reservoir Park offers visitors peaceful picnic areas, a variety of walking tracks and breathtaking views of Melbourne's oldest water storage. Visit the extensive wetlands and watch the abundant birdlife that lives and feeds in this area.

Things to see and do
- Walk along Melbourne's oldest dam wall for views of the park and reservoir
- Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Lookout Picnic Area with views of the reservoir and surrounding woodlands
- Visit the extensive wetlands and watch the abundant birdlife that lives and feeds in this area
- Wood-fired barbecues (with wood supplied), two large rotundas and picnic tables are provided
- The picnic area and playground near the valve house provide an opportunity for children to play safely

The reservoir was Melbourne's first and has supplied the city with water since 1857. It was the plan of James Blackburn, a civil engineer who unfortunately died before ever seeing his dream developed. The historic bluestone valve house and stone water channel are reminders of the reservoir's history.

Before you go
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Local directions

Yan Yean Reservoir Park is located about 32km north of Melbourne, on Recreation Road just off Arthurs Creek Road, Yan Yean (Melways map 510 M12).


  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet

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