Warrandyte State Park


Warrandyte State Park

Warrandyte State Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Wurundjeri Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The closest state park to Melbourne, Warrandyte State Park is a fantastic location for bushwalkers, canoeists, birdwatchers, families out for a picnic and those who are in search of some bush peace and solitude not far from the city.

Visitors to the popular Pound Bend section of the park will find a delightful picnic area set amongst the manna gums that line the Yarra River. Bring your own picnic blanket or use one of the tables provided. Other facilities include toilets, a canoe launching ramp and access to easy walking trails for visitors with limited mobility. Starting from the northern end of the picnic area, The Pound Bend River Walk (2.4km, 1 hour return) is a gentle and easy walk that takes you upstream along the Yarra River. Listen to the calls of the many birds as you walk through riparian forest dominated by towering manna gums. At the turnaround point, the walk will open to a grassland area where Eastern Grey Kangaroos can be frequently sighted. Return to the picnic area via the same trail.

Jumping Creek also provides picnicking opportunities close to the Yarra River. This site features tables, a shelter and toilets. For those more adventurous, launch a canoe or enjoy the river views from the walking trails. The moderately challenging Jumping Creek Nature Trail (3.5km, 2 hours return) offers a chance for solitude as you weave your way along the Yarra River corridor. This walk takes in a variety of landscapes from dry rocky cliffs to river level riparian forest. At the halfway point you will find Blue Tongue Bend, a wide-sweeping section of the Yarra River.

Fourth Hill is known for its colourful spring flower wildflower display. On The Fourth Hill Gold Heritage Circuit Walk (1.5km, 1.5 hour circuit) explore landmarks and remnants of yesteryear when those down on their luck sought riches from the gold-laden hills of Warrandyte.

If you're up for a challenge, then the Mount Lofty Circuit Walk (4.7km, 2.5 hours circuit) is for you. Located in Wonga Park, the Mount Lofty circuit walk begins at Wittons Reserve. The walk takes you upstream along the Yarra River corridor before ascending steeply to the highest point in Warrandyte State Park (Mount Lofty). Featuring spectacular views of the river, the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong-Yarra Ranges, this walk will take your breath away in more ways than one.

Things To Do

Two friends walking in Warrandyte State Park


Enjoy the many walking trails throughout the park. Opportunities range from a leisurely stroll along the Yarra River to more adventurous and challenging bushwalks.
A picnic table in Warrandyte State Park


Pound Bend and Jumping Creek offer delightful opportunities to picnic in a bush setting close to the Yarra River. Facilities include toilets, picnic tables and a shelter at Jumping Creek.
A mine entrance in Warrandyte State Park

Gold discovery

Relics of the gold mining era can be found at Pound Bend, Fourth Hill and Black Flat. Some of the more prominent features include Geraghty’s mine, Victory mine and the Evelyn Tunnel. Prospecting within the Warrandyte State Park is only permitted in the beds of the Andersons, Stoney and Jumping Creeks (upstream of Jumping Creek Road bridge). A Miner’s Right is required and the use of mechanical tools is prohibited.
A man kayaking in Warrandyte State Park

Canoeing and Kayaking

Experience the beautiful bushland of Warrandyte Gorge via the water. Grade I to III rapids can be experienced depending on the river section and water levels. River access for launching is located at Mt Lofty, Jumping Creek, Pound Bend and Norman Reserve.
Mountain biking in Warrandyte State Park

Bike riding

The extensive Management Vehicle Only tracks scattered throughout the park provide great mountain biking opportunities. Please note, riding on walking trails and informal tracks is prohibited due to the significance and sensitivity of the environment.

Warrandyte State Park

The park is home to a range of species including Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Swamp Wallabies, Short-beaked Echidnas, Common Wombats, Brushtail and Ringtail Possums, Sugar Gliders and Platypus. More than 120 bird species have been recorded, including the rare Powerful Owl, Kingfishers, Robins, Honeyeaters and various birds of prey. There are snakes in the park; if you do see one, don’t panic but keep your distance. Remember that all plants and animals, including snakes, are protected.
Powerful owls
Crimson Rosella

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How to get there

Warrandyte State Park

Warrandyte State Park is 24km north-east of Melbourne. Access is mainly via three roads including Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road, Research-Warrandyte Road and Ringwood-Warrandyte Road.

When to go

Warrandyte State Park is a popular destination. Be aware that there is limited parking and a high risk during bushfire season. If you’re planning to visit, please be aware of weather conditions.

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Warrandyte State Park

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