Parks and Gardens
Among the many beautiful Parks in the region are the Reservoirs of Yan Yean and Toorourrong and the Kinglake Ranges. The Parks boast picnic facilities, walking tracks, car parking and magnificent scenery.
Quarry Hills Bushland Park
Gravlier Way, South Morang 3752
Area: 114 hectares
Facilities: Wallking trails, shelters, natural bushland/grasslands, car parking
Quarry Hills Bushland Park preserves the imprint of geological events occuring around 400 million years ago. Today visitors can take to one of the 3 walking tracks and look out for birds of prey, bush birds, small marsupials, shiny skinks and kangaroos. Ride your bike on the trails, admire views to the city, mountains and even Port Phillip Bay from the viewing platform, walk the dog, photograph/sketch a flower, stroll the easy trails, have a picnic and explore the rocks on Granite Hill.
Hawkstowe Picnic Area
Hawkstowe Picnic Area offers scenic views of the Plenty Gorge Parklands region and the Plenty River. Nestled between the trees is the beautiful and historic Le Page Homestead which was built in the 1850's. Situated 20 kilometers from Melbourne, Hawkstowe Picnic Area offers a great backdrop for a picnic or barbeque by the lake and features a Heritage Orchard.
Kinglake National Park (Mason Falls)
Nestled 65 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, Kinglake National Park is a eucalypt forest which lies on the edge of the Great Dividing Range. There are lookout points that offer scenic views of the Melbourne skyline, Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra Valley. A variety of walking tracks are on offer ranging in length and difficulty.
Middle Gorge Park
Located on the edge of the Plenty River, Middle Gorge Park is a small recreation park which offers views of the volcanic Plenty Gorge and its river frontage. The loop walking track follows the natural bush surroundings of the Plenty Gorge and River.
Nioka Bush Camp
Offering groups many opportunities for nature-based recreation in a natural setting, including camping and bunkhouse accommodation. Amenities include a large hall set in woodlands with views over the Plenty River and geological formations of the Gorge.
Toorourrong Reservoir Park
Jack's Creek Road, Humevale 3757
t 13 19 63 Parks Victoria
Open 7 days: Winter 9.30am- 5pm, Summer 9.00am- 7pm
Toorourrong Reservoir remains closed until further notice.
Bookings are essential for tours. Phone (03) 9716 1626
Situated four kilometres north-east of Whittlesea, Tourourrong Reservoir Park is a scenic place offering grassed picnic areas and BBQ's with walking tracks leading to lookouts of the Reservoir.
Yan Yean Reservoir Park
Yan Yean Reservoir is home to Melbourne's oldest water storage site. A variety of walking tracks surround the reservoir which link to the wetlands and surrounding bush land. Lookout points offer great views of the reservoir and surrounding parklands. Also provides electric BBQ's, childrens playground and space for the family to enjoy themselves.
The 47ha multi-recreational Park offers beautiful picnic areas, a wide variety of recreational pursuits and magnificent views of the Kinglake Ranges and the Plenty River Valley.
Yellow Gum Park
Situated on the Plenty River, Yellow Gum Park has spectacular views of the Plenty River and surrounding parklands. A feature of the park is the Blue Lake.