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
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.
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
Mountain Bike Trail Open StatusWith persistent heavy rainfall and strong winds during the second half of 2022, Lysterfield Park's mountain bike trails sustained severe water logged conditions and significant tree damage. This was exacerbated by illegal riding in wet conditions which led to damage and unsafe ruts and gaps on some trails. Accordingly several mountain bike trails at Lysterfield Park remain closed until repair works can be completed. This is a necessary decision to protect the safety of visitors and maintain the integrity of the trails.As trails are repaired and assessed as safe they will be reopened. In the meantime please respect the trail closures and only ride open trails.The following trails are open for riding (in addition to management vehicle trails):State Mountain Bike Course 6.4kmAneurysm 1.5kmUpper Blair Witch 2.0kmLower Blair Witch 2.4kmSnipe 0.7kmPump Track (Jump Park)Skills ParkTrailmix 1.0kmRedgum Trail 1.2kmHug trail 1.5kmThe following trails are closedLower Buckle 2.4kmUpper Buckle 0.7kmFollow Me 1.2kmGranite Link 0.2kmMiddle 1.9kmFollow Me 1.2kmBuckle Down 0.3kmDog Pound 0.6kmHumping Hound 0.6kmLil Shawty 0.2kmThank you for your continued patience and understanding.Updated 27 January 2023.