Karkarook Park


Karkarook Park

Karkarook 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.

Karkarook Park is a recreational and environmental oasis, revegetated with indigenous plants. It's the perfect spot to connect with nature, watch the sunset across the lake and count how many different birds you can see from the pier.

The 15-hectare lake is a haven for canoeing, kayaking or sailing (no powered vessels are permitted). Previously a sand mine, the beautiful lake now provides a refuge for many water birds and is home to varieties of fish. Grab your fishing line and try to catch a Rainbow Trout, Murray Cod or Redfin Perch.

Get active and walk, jog or cycle around the 6km network of trails in the park. The Lake Trail goes all the way around the lake. Walking the trail is a great way to explore the park. There's a small jetty along the trail — a good spot to drop a line and try your luck fishing. Bird watchers can spend time spying different species in amongst the bushland. The Wetlands Trail is a great way to observe the local birdlife in action.

Enjoy a picnic with friends and family. Make use of the free electric barbecues or bring your own picnic to enjoy by the lake. At Dragonfly Picnic area, you'll find a playground and an observation tower that looks over the lake.

There's plenty of space for you to walk, play and relax with your dog at Karkarook Park. Dogs must remain on a leash, except in the designated off-leash area.

Things To Do

Two men walk along the edge of a fishing jetty at Karkarook Park

Lake Circuit Trail

The Lake Trail goes all the way around the lake. It's a great walk to explore the park.
The bridge over welands at Karkarook Park in Melbourne's East

Wetlands Trail

The Wetlands Trail, accessed from the Warrigal Road side of the lake is a great place to observe the local birdlife.
Picnic area at Karkarook Park

Dragonfly Picnic Area

The Dragonfly Picnic Area is a great spot for a barbecue picnic with friends and family. There are electric barbecues, picnic tables (both undercover and in the open), toilets and an observation tower that overlooks the lake.

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How to get there

Karkarook Park

Karkarook Park is located on Warrigal Road, Moorabbin.

When to go

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Karkarook Park

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