Churchill National Park

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Churchill National Park

Churchill National 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.

Consisting of woodland and small areas of original forest, Churchill National Park is home to a large Eastern grey kangaroo and Swamp wallaby population. The park is a wonderful display of the original landscape before clearing and settlement.

With an abundance of peaceful walking tracks, as well as many jogging and riding tracks, you will likely spot some native wildlife as you venture through the park. Make your way up Stonemasons Track to the Trig Point Lookout to experience 360-degree views of the park.

As you wander through the many trails, ensure you have your binoculars onboard. Carefully observe the different layers of canopy, spying reptiles basking in the sunlight, macropods moving through the shrubs or spotting a Powerful owl roosting in overhanging branches.

Look carefully and you might spot an array of parrots, honeyeaters, Superb Fairy-wrens, thornbills, grebes, pelicans, cockatoos or even the migratory Japanese Snipe and Swift Parrot. With Peregrine Falcons and Black-shouldered kites nesting in the area, birdwatchers won't be disappointed with the biodiversity in the sky. Keep an eye on the Birdlife Australia website, who records any major sightings of endangered species such as the migratory Swift Parrot.

Many other species of fauna reside in Churchill National Park. Some species include a healthy population of Powerful owls, Little Forest bats and numerous species of frogs, reptiles and snakes. The endangered Southern Toadlet can be heard croaking from the network of creeks throughout the park.

Over a dozen different eucalypt species, wattles and native orchids can be seen within Churchill National Park. You might notice large tussocks with long leaves - these plants are known as Red-fruit Saw-sedge. These plants, which can be found in the damp woodlands, are vital for the survival of the Sword Grass-brown butterfly. They lay their eggs exclusively on the Saw-sedge, and the plant plays an essential part in their life cycle.

Things To Do

 
A walking track in Churchill National Park

Walking

Soak in the natural environment on one of Churchill National Park's many walks – some with challenging inclines for the more adventurous.
A picnic table in Churchill National Park

Picnics

Take the family and a packed lunch to one of the picnic areas to absorb the birdsong.
A path through trees at Churchill National Park

Birdwatching

See if you can spot some of the more than 150 species of birdlife that visit the park.
A ground take a volunteer led tour through the Flying Fox environments on the banks of the Yarra River in Yarra Bend Park

Guided Park Walks

Meet new people and connect with nature on a free guided Park Walk in one of Victoria’s beautiful parks. Walks are led by our trained and friendly volunteers, so you can relax, enjoy the serenity of the bush and chat with other group members. Go on a walk as a once-off to explore somewhere new or become a regular and add it to your wellbeing or fitness routine.

Churchill National Park

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Echidnas
Kangaroos
Wallabies
Crimson Rosella
Powerful owls
Wedge-tailed eagles

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

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

Churchill National Park

Access to Churchill National Park’s main entrance is from Churchill Park Drive, in Lysterfield South.

When to go

Enjoy the cool shade of the trees as you wander the tracks. Keep your eyes peeled for Green and Golden Bell-frogs which may be found basking in the summer sun.

Need to know

Churchill National Park

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

    Storm Emergency - Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park closed

    Due to severe storm damage sustained on 13 February 2024, Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park are closed until further notice. 

    For your safety, please avoid the area while park teams and emergency services work on tree removal and safety measures. 

    Over the past two weeks, significant work has taken place by Parks Victoria and Forest Fire Management teams to clear management vehicle trails, picnic areas and trails. There is still significant damage to walking and mountain bike trails and several hidden hazardous hanging branches. Accordingly all trails and visitor sites are inaccessible and remain closed. 

    Remember, disobeying closure orders is an offense under the National Parks Act, with fines for non-compliance. Stay tuned here for updates on reopening. Alternative destinations nearby - Cardinia Reservoir Park and Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve are open. 

    Teams have been tirelessly working in the area since the storm assessing and removing risks. But this work is expected to take some time due to the enormity of the task. Thank you for your understanding. 
    Updated 28 February 2024

    Attachments: Lysterfield Storm Recovery (1,685KB)

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