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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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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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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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William Ricketts Sanctuary

Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and...

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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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Yarrambat Park

Yarrambat Picnic provides the perfect spot for a family day out. Facilities include electric barbecues, picnic tables and a picnic shelter. Toilet...

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National Rhododendron Gardens

The National Rhododendron Gardens are host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal...

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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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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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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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Dandenong Ranges National Park

Take a relaxing walk through forests of towering mountain ash in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne's CBD.

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Maroondah Reservoir Park

Maroondah features gardens with stands of native and exotic trees, native animals and birds and walking tracks. Its playground, lawns and cool summer...

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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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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.