Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve


Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve

Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve 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.

Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve is a peaceful, 499-hectare area that has been developed into a place of spiritual and historical importance, as well as providing refuge for native plant and animal species. The extensive park boasts diverse environmental, cultural and historical heritage.

See if you can identify some of the 90 native plant species across three vegetation communities throughout the reserve. Look especially close for the swamp scrub species. Swamp scrub communities have been depleted throughout Melbourne, so the remnants along the Dandenong Creek in the reserve are particularly precious.

As you walk through stands of Flowering Swamp Gum you might encounter thickets of Bare-limbed Swamp Paperbark, glimpse the jewel-like fruit of the Prickly Currant bush, spy the slightly alien leaves of Bidgee Widgee.

Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve is also home to many native animal populations. Wedge-tailed Eagles and Black-shouldered Kites can often be seen flying overhead, and you might spot Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Swamp Wallabies on early morning walks – just be careful to keep a safe distance.

Things To Do

Two friends mid conversation walking along Brady Road in Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve


Enjoy meandering through the network of trails, exploring the native flora as you go.
A wedge tail eagle against a blue sky


Make sure you remember to look up and around, as Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve is home to some spectacular birds of prey.
A man walks along the path at the Brady Road Picnic Area at Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve

Nerre Nerre Warren Picnic Area

Spend a relaxing afternoon in the Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve.

Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve

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

Crimson Rosella
Powerful owls
Wedge-tailed eagles

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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

Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve

The main entrance to Dandenong Police Paddocks is via Brady Road, through the Nerre Nerre Warren picnic area.

When to go

Spend the warm summer days exploring Dandenong Police Paddocks.

Need to know

Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve

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