Sugarloaf Reservoir Park


Sugarloaf Reservoir Park

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

Opening hours

8.30am - 5pm
Daylight savings
8.30am - 7pm

Sugarloaf Reservoir Park, in the spectacular Christmas Hills north-east of Melbourne, offers visitors opportunities for bushwalking, picnicking, bird watching, sightseeing, sailing and shoreline fishing.

Have a picnic at Saddle Dam Picnic Area overlooking the reservoir. Or if you prefer a barbecue, Ridge Picnic Area is for you. It has two double hotplate gas barbecues under the shelter. Saddle Dam picnic area has no barbecue facilities.

After you've enjoyed your picnic, visit one of the many lookouts, take a leisurely stroll or try one of the walking trails.

Wildlife is abundant and diverse, especially on the walking tracks. Keep an eye out for Wedge-tailed Eagles, Black-tailed Wallabies, Echidnas, Kangaroos and an abundance of other wildlife.

Sailing at Sugarloaf is enjoyable and exhilarating. Visitors may launch appropriate watercraft from the Sugarloaf Sailing and Boating Club only. Launching facilities are available to visitors on Sundays and public holidays by calling the club on (03) 9434 5360. A launching fee may be charged. Please note that sailboards, canoes, kayaks, keelboats and/or craft with cabins, cooking or toilet facilities are not permitted.


Things To Do

The water's edge at Sugarloaf Reservoir Park

Fishing in Sugarloaf Reservoir

Try shoreline fishing for Yellow Belly, Redfin or European Carp. Shoreline fishing is only allowed in specifically designated areas during park hours. Please make sure you have a Victorian Amateur Fishing Licence.
The view of the water from Saddle Dam Picnic Ground at Sugarloaf Reservoir Park.

Sugarloaf Reservoir picnic areas

Pack a picnic and settle in at Ridge or Saddle Dam picnic areas overlooking the reservoir. If you're looking to have a barbecue, facilities are available at Ridge Picnic Area.
The view of the water framed by gum trees at Sugarloaf Reservoir Park

Walking at Sugarloaf Reservoir

Enjoy a walk along one of the tracks in and around the park including the lronbark, Chris Phillips and Sugarloaf Walking Tracks.


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How to get there

Sugarloaf Reservoir Park

Approximately 1 hour north east of Melbourne, Sugarloaf Reservoir is located on Simpson Road (via Eltham - Yarra Glen Road) in Christmas Hills.

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Sugarloaf Reservoir Park

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