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National parks & reserves

Gain perspective in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges' national and state parks, with their spellbinding fern glades and majestic trees, thundering waterfalls, and glimpses of curious wildlife.

Many ways to appreciate nature

Stand beneath the towering mountain ash trees in the Dandenong Ranges, along the Black Spur, or into Marysville. Follow the many walks and trails shaded by these trees, past undulating seas of tree ferns, across clear streams and past thundering waterfalls. Keep your ears out for lyrebirds, which have been known to mimic everything from the sounds of babies crying to cameras clicking.

Enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your own car and wind through the forests of the world's tallest hardwoods on the magnificent Black Spur Drive from Healesville to Marysville, featuring panoramic views of the countryside.

A piece of park for a moment of peace

Sit and relax and absorb the peace of the parks, or pack a picnic of fresh local cheeses and artisan bread and graze against the lush green backdrop.

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Dandenong Ranges National Park

Protecting the tall forests of the Dandenongs, the Dandenong Ranges National Park is well known for its spectacular Mountain Ash trees and lush fern...

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Bunyip State Park

In February 2009, 45 per cent of Bunyip State Park was burnt by wildfire. Despite this dramatic event this park is once again an amazing escape where...

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Cardinia Reservoir Park

Visitors who view the huge expanse of water that is Cardinia Reservoir by the morning light will understand why this is one of Melbourne's most...

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Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Set in the peaceful high country east of Warburton, lies the popular Upper Yarra Reservoir Park - the upper most point of the Yarra River accessible...

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Silvan Reservoir Park

Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Silvan Reservoir Park is an easy drive from Melbourne and ideal for a great day out. Featuring...

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Pirianda Gardens

Designed to take advantage of the steep slopes, the terraced gardens of Pirianda are distinctive for their combination of botanically important...

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Mount Dandenong Arboretum

The Mount Dandenong Arboretum extends over 16 hectares and contains a collection of maturing deciduous trees and conifers from around the world....

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Aura Vale Lake Park

Located north of Cardinia Reservoir, Aura Vale Lake plays a very important role in Melbourne's water supply. The lake forms part of a drainage system...

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Kinglake National Park

Only 65 km north of Melbourne, Kinglake National Park lies on the slopes of the Great Dividing Range, offering dramatic views of the Melbourne...

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Alfred Nicholas Gardens

The many linking paths through this garden take you beneath a canopy of awesome Mountain Ash Trees. Walk through shady trees down to the picturesque...

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Yarra Ranges National Park

Cradling the Yarra River headwaters and much of Melbourne's water catchment, the park features majestic Mountain Ash trees. Visit the Rainforest...

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Kalorama Park

Boasting spectacular views over Silvan Reservoir and the south-eastern face of the Dandenong Ranges, Kalorama Park is perfect for picnics, barbecues...

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Parks and gardens

Witness seasonal explosions of colour as flowers bloom throughout the magnificent parks and gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

It's easy to get active in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, with a range of tracks and trails to suit all abilities in parks and gardens.

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Wildlife and zoos

Encounter curious Australian animals in regional national parks, or get up close to your favourite creatures at the famous Healesville Sanctuary.

Lakes & waterways

Steavenson Falls

See one of Victoria's highest waterfalls plummet 84 metres into the Steavenson River valley. For night owls, the falls are floodlit till midnight.