Cardinia Reservoir Parks
Cardinia Reservoir itself is a stunning expanse of water. Don't miss the views from the lookouts, which offer spectacular vistas over the water and the surrounding district.
Take one of the several walks through the park for an opportunity to spot some of the wildlife that call Cardinia Reservoir home. Try the Tea-tree Trail, which goes through bushland from Duffy's Lookout to the Observation carpark – signs along this trail introduce you to a variety of plants and animals.
The Kangaroo Viewing Trail, starting at the Spillway carpark, is home to several mobs of Eastern grey kangaroos, who are often spotted early in the morning or late afternoon. Please remember that feeding and approaching kangaroos is strictly prohibited.
Keep your eyes peeled for many different birds - sightings include Wedge-tailed Eagles, Common Bronzewings, Eastern Rosellas and Little Corellas.
Within the park you will find a wide variety of trees including Tea-tree, Wattles, Sheoak, Stringybark and Narrow-leaf Peppermint. There are also many shrub varieties including Prickly Moses, Broom Spurge, Silver Banksia and Showy Bossiaea.
Aura Vale Lake is a great spot for fishing. There are barbecues at Crystal Brook picnic ground.
Did you know? Water inflows that form the catchment areas originate from the Thompson Dam via the Upper Yarra Dam and finally the Silvan Dam. Hydroelectricity is generated at the Cardinia Reservoir inflow point. The other water inflow is from the Desalination plant situated in Wonthaggi.
Dogs on a lead are permitted at Cardinia Reservoir Park. Please be mindful of the wildlife and don't take your dog along the reservoir walk or on the Kangaroo Viewing Trail.
The park areas are open to the public during daylight hours.
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Cardinia Reservoir Park
Within the park you will find a wide variety of trees, Tea-tree, Wattles, Sheoak, Stringybark and Narrow-leaf Peppermint. There are also many shrub varieties including Prickly Moses, Broom Spurge, Silver Banksia and Showy Bossiaea.
Large families of Eastern grey kangaroos can be seen from the trails and around the park. Feeding and approaching kangaroos is strictly prohibited. Be sure to stay at a safe distance. Keep your eyes peeled for many different birds, sightings include Wedge-tailed Eagles, Common Bronzewing, Eastern Rosellas and Little Corella. This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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