Lysterfield Lake

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Lysterfield Lake

Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Lake is very popular for canoeing, kayaking and sailing.

Lysterfield Lake also offers two beaches suitable for walk in swimming access both located near Beach Carpark at the southern end of the lake. The lake is not patrolled by lifeguards and children should be supervised at all times. Due to unpredictable depths and waterbird habitat, swimming is not permitted elsewhere in the lake. The boat ramp allows access for sailing, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding (no powered vessels allowed).

There is lots to explore on the large lake. Go canoeing or kayaking to view waterbirds and habitat that can't be seen from land. On a calm day, the lake is a perfect place to refine your stand-up paddle boarding.

The 82ha lake is a great place for non-powered boating and sailing. Boat trailer parking is available and there is a boat launching and rigging zone. Model boating is allowed, but only non-powered craft can be used.

Go sailing on monohull boats up to 5 metres long or multi-hull boats up to 4.3 metres long. Lysterfield Sailing Club welcomes new members. Call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 for more information.

As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice together with the water safety signage in the park to make sure your day out Lysterfield Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

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.

How to get there

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Need to know

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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

    Storm Emergency - Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park closed

    Due to severe storm damage sustained on 13 February 2024, Churchill National Park and Lysterfield Park are closed until further notice. 

    For your safety, please avoid the area while park teams and emergency services work on tree removal and safety measures. 

    Over the past two weeks, significant work has taken place by Parks Victoria and Forest Fire Management teams to clear management vehicle trails, picnic areas and trails. There is still significant damage to walking and mountain bike trails and several hidden hazardous hanging branches. Accordingly all trails and visitor sites are inaccessible and remain closed. 

    Remember, disobeying closure orders is an offense under the National Parks Act, with fines for non-compliance. Stay tuned here for updates on reopening. Alternative destinations nearby - Cardinia Reservoir Park and Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve are open. 

    Teams have been tirelessly working in the area since the storm assessing and removing risks. But this work is expected to take some time due to the enormity of the task. Thank you for your understanding. 
    Updated 28 February 2024

    Attachments: Lysterfield Storm Recovery (1,685KB)

  • Lysterfield Picnic Area (Lysterfield Park)

    Some 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.

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A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Masons Falls

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Four friends relax by the edge of the Yarra River as their curly brown dog gets ready to jump in the water.

Dights Falls

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