Cardinia Reservoir Parks


Cardinia Reservoir Parks

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

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.

Things To Do

Two kangaroos stand in the grass at Woowookarung Regional Park.


Enjoy a picnic or barbecue whilst spotting wildlife relaxing in the sun nearby. There are several picnic locations including Kangaroo Flat with a picnic shelter and Crystal Brook Picnic Area that include a playground, picnic facilities and toilets.
Aerial view of Cardinia Reservoir


Grab a compass and find your way around the park using the orienteering markers.
The water tower at Cardinia Reservoir


Take a walk on one of the designated tracks to discover the local flora and fauna. Enjoy spotting some of the Eastern grey kangaroos who call the park home.

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:

Wedge-tailed eagles
Crimson Rosella

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Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Cardinia Reservoir Parks

Cardinia Reservoir can be accessed from Wellington Road or Red Hill Road. A one-way road loops around the main areas of the park.

When to go

Enjoy the long opening hours of daylight savings and watch the wildlife graze whilst you picnic late into the afternoon.

Need to know

Cardinia Reservoir Parks

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Blue-Green Algae Outbreak

    There is a blue-green algae outbreak at Aura Vale Lake.

    Visitors are advised that contact can be harmful to humans and animals.

    • No sailing permitted.
    • No fishing permitted.
    • No swimming permitted.
    • Do not touch or drink the water.

    Aura Vale Lake - Changed Toilet Facility Conditions

    Permanent toilet facilities at Aura Vale Lake (Cardinia Reservoir) are closed due to plumbing issues.

    Temporary toilet facilities have been placed within the car parking area whilst this issue is being resolved. Please note that these temporary toilet facilities do not provide a Unisex Accessible Toilet.

    The nearest Public Unisex Accessible Toilets are located at Cardinia Reservoir Park, Crystal Brook picnic area. 

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