Rising from the southern foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Lysterfield Park is the perfect place to explore nature with friends with a huge variety of recreational activities. Spot kangaroos while walking or jogging the 6km Lake Circuit Trail, ride 24km of mountain bike trails or relax at the lakeside picnic areas.
Lysterfield Park is a great place to get active. You can sail, kayak or canoe in the lake, while runners love the network of gravel bush tracks. It is also home to one of Australia's busiest mountain biking trail networks – including the State Mountain Bike Course, which was a venue at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, easy green trails and action packed black diamond trails for experienced riders.
Lysterfield is a great place to see kangaroos and wallabies in the wild close to Melbourne, so please ensure you leave your dog at home and don't disturb the local wildlife. The kangaroos and wallabies are most active during the mornings and evenings. Walk or jog the Lake Circuit Trail to catch a glimpse.
As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Lysterfield Park is a safe and enjoyable one.
Looking at the recent history of Lysterfield Park
Follow Ranger Sandie as she uncovers the rich history of Lysterfield Park, and describes what makes this a special place for her.
Things to do
Picnic areas in Lysterfield Park
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
Tours and adventure experiences in parks
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How to get there
Need to know
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
Barbeques not in operation
- Parks Victoria is carrying out inspections in all of our barbecues in our parks. Following these inspections, some barbecues have been temporarily closed until they can be attended by a licenced contractor. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
- Visitor safety is our top priority and we advise people to please not to use any barbecue facilities that have been closed. We expect the impacted barbecues to reopen in the coming weeks.
Lyster Track CLOSED until further noticeA section of Lyster Track, between Boys Farm Track and Lower Buckle Trail, is CLOSED until further notice. This is due to erosion and degradation of the track surface causing unsafe conditions. We are working to repair the issue and recommend detouring via Boys Farm Track or Powells Track (towards East West Break or Lamberts Track) in the meantime (see attached Detour Map).
Attachments: Lyster Track Detour Map (85KB)
Temporary closures and restricted access expected on Gun Club Track, East Boundary Track and Logan Park RoadFormer Yarra Pistol Club remediation works
- Remediation works to remove lead shot and clay target debris from the former Yarra Pistol Club site are taking place.
- Work will begin in mid-June 2023 and conclude in September 2023. Works will take place Monday to Friday between 7am and 5pm.
- Horse riders and park users must exercise caution.
- The work site is adjacent to the East Boundary Track and is not currently part of Lysterfield Park.
- Gun Club Track will be closed for approximately one week in mid-June. Temporary closures and restricted access are expected on Gun Club Track, East Boundary Track and Logan Park Road while heavy vehicles transport the material off-site for disposal.
Attachments: Yarra Pistol Club - Track closures signage v2 (3,168KB)
Notification of Deer Control Program within Lysterfield Park (Northern Conservation Zone)Parks Victoria are continuing deer control at Lysterfield Park (Northern Conservation Zone). This program is recommencing on Tuesday 14th of November 2023.Control is being undertaken with accredited and authorised volunteers from the Sporting Shooters Association Australia and Australian Deer Association under the supervision of Parks Victoria.Through the control of deer, the program will:· Respond to Victoria’s bio security approach to new and emerging threats· Deliver an approved program in support of the Victorian Deer Control Strategy and the Peri Urban Deer Control Plan 2021-2026· Provide critical habitat protection to the flora and fauna values in the areas of the proposed works· Reduce habitat structure damage and minimise browsing on habitat regeneration and revegetation efforts· Reduce deer numbers (with the object of reaching numbers to a manageable level).Upcoming control nights are as follows, from 4pm to 6am:· Tuesday 14th of November 2023 (into the early hours of Wednesday)· Wednesday 15th of November 2023 (into the early hours of Thursday)· Thursday 16th of November 2023 (into the early hours of Friday)Please note that during such time the park area will be closed for public safety and deer legal rifles will emit noise, which may be heard in the area.You may observe signage at gates indicating dates of the upcoming control program. A map of the control areas is attached for your reference.If you would like further information, please email email@example.com or call 13 1963.
Attachments: Control Area LNCZ (470KB)