Yarra Ranges National Park
Address: Maroondah Hwy, Healesville, Victoria 3777
Freecall: 131 963
Cradling the Yarra River headwaters and much of Melbourne's water catchment, the park features majestic Mountain Ash trees.
Visit the Rainforest Gallery with its spectacular observation platform and rainforest walkway on the southern slopes of Mount Donna Buang. Enjoy cross-country skiing and tobogganing at Lake Mountain. Drive the world famous Black Spur between Healesville and Narbethong, continue through to Marysville stopping along Lady Talbot Drive to walk through ancient rainforests at the Beeches and view the waterfalls at Keppel and Phantom Falls.
Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
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The 80-kilometre drive from Melbourne via the Maroondah or Warburton highways takes between one and two hours. The park stretches from Healesville to Warburton and beyond to the headwaters of the Yarra River and north to Marysville. Some public bus transport is available.
- Rock Climbing
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The dense forests of this area were a barrier to European settlement until the 1860s when hopeful prospectors passed through the area to Woods Point goldfields. Soon the area was recognised as a valuable source of timber. The water catchment value of the forest was also recognised last century, and dams were built at Maroondah and later at Upper Yarra. The Black Spur (or Blacks Spur) gained its name from the route taken by displaced Aboriginal people from northern Victoria on their way to a mission settlement at Corranderk near Healesville. Severe fires, such as those experienced in 1939, have burnt this area, but the vegetation and wildlife are adapted to survive or regenerate after such events.
* If you are walking in the snow you should hire Sorrels (or other snow boots) as normal walking boots become saturated after a time and VERY cold. If you're not intending to walk in the snow, sturdy walking boots are recommended. * During winter you should always have good water proof pants and jacket, and a warm jumper/polar fleece as the weather can change quickly bringing rain and snow. Always tell some one where you intend walking and report to them when you return. * You can take a mobile phone, however, there are few places where they work in the Yarra Ranges. Having a good map (and knowing how to read it) and not leaving the track are your best safety measures.
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