Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Park

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Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape that includes the traditional Country of the Bunurong People and the Wurundjeri People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

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

 
Two friends in activewear walk away from the lake.

Lake Circuit Trail

Walk, run or cycle this popular trail, which weaves among native vegetation around the picturesque Lysterfield Lake. You're almost guaranteed to see kangaroos and other wildlife along the way.
Three friends share a picnic on the shores of Lysterfield Lake.

Picnic areas in Lysterfield Park

There are two picnic areas along the lake shore and both have toilets, picnic tables and free electric barbecues.
Three mountain bikers turn left through a berm.

Mountain biking at Lysterfield Park

Explore a 24km network of purpose-built mountain bike trails at Lysterfield Park, suitable for all skill levels.
A man takes a photo from the bank of his partner on a stand-up paddle board on Lysterfield Lake.

Lysterfield Lake

Go canoeing, kayaking or sailing on Lysterfield Lake. On warmer days, take a refreshing swim in one of two protected swimming bays with sandy shores.

Lysterfield Park

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

Kangaroos
Wallabies
Koalas
Echidnas
Wombats
Platypus

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 the all 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.

Find a Licensed Tour Operator

How to get there

Lysterfield Park

When to go

Escape the heat of summer and take a dip in Lysterfield Lake. The calm waters of the lake are perfect for families.

Need to know

Lysterfield 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

    All mountain bike trails closed

    Single Trail Network Closure 
    Due to recent heavy rainfall, a wet winter and significant rider traffic, all mountain bike trails are severely impacted with very muddy conditions and deteriorating track condition. To prevent further damage, all single track mountain bike trails are temporarily closed. Trails will be re-opened following maintenance and drier conditions which we anticipate will be Monday 1 November 2021. Lake Circuit Trail and all fire trails will remain open.
    These closures ensure visitors remain safe in the park, and protect the trail network from unnecessary degradation. Thank you for respecting the closures and we hope to see you on the trails soon.

    Aneurysm Trail
    Aneurysm Trail has significant damage in sections and will require repairs, to return the trail to its graded (Black Diamond) condition before reopening. These repairs will also need time to settle. As a result, the Aneurysm Trail will remain closed until 1 November 2021 once works have been completed. 

Lysterfield Park

Horswood Road
Lysterfield VIC 3156
13 1963
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