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

 
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. Two beaches near Beach Carpark at the southern end of the lake are suitable for walk-in swimming access. The lake is not patrolled by lifeguards and children should be supervised at all times.
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 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.
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.
A ground take a volunteer led tour through the Flying Fox environments on the banks of the Yarra River in Yarra Bend Park

Guided Park Walks

Meet new people and connect with nature on a free guided Park Walk in one of Victoria’s beautiful parks. Walks are led by our trained and friendly volunteers, so you can relax, enjoy the serenity of the bush and chat with other group members. Go on a walk as a once-off to explore somewhere new or become a regular and add it to your wellbeing or fitness routine.

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 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.

Find a Licensed Tour Operator

How to get there

Lysterfield Park

When to go

Summer is very busy at Lysterfield Park and there is limited parking. Arrive early and make sure you have a backup plan.

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

    Mountain Bike Trail Open Status

    With 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 6.4km
    Aneurysm 1.5km
    Upper Blair Witch 2.0km
    Lower Blair Witch 2.4km
    Snipe 0.7km
    Pump Track (Jump Park) 
    Skills Park
    Trailmix 1.0km
    Redgum Trail 1.2km
    Hug trail 1.5km


    The following trails are closed
    Lower Buckle 2.4km
    Upper Buckle 0.7km
    Follow Me 1.2km
    Granite Link 0.2km
    Middle 1.9km
    Follow Me 1.2km
    Buckle Down 0.3km
    Dog Pound 0.6km
    Humping Hound 0.6km
    Lil Shawty 0.2km 

    Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
     
    Updated 27 January 2023.

Lysterfield Park

Horswood Road
Lysterfield VIC 3156
13 1963
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