Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Upper Yarra 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.

Popular with day-trippers and campers, Upper Yarra Reservoir Park offers natural wonders, historical sites and built facilities to enjoy getting into nature.

Take in the bushland through the gentle shaded walks beneath tall eucalypts and green fern gullies. See the remnants of the parks earlier use, when it was a small town constructed for the workers who built the dam between 1947 and 1957. The hall that once served as the mess room for the construction team is currently closed, however the shelter adjoining the hall is still open and is a sheltered spot for day visitors and campers, with tables, seating and electric barbecues. Wander to McVeigh's Picnic area for a pleasant picnic and see the historic 4.3m water wheel that powered the generator for the Contention gold mine and then later to McVeigh’s Hotel. Gas barbecues are available, picnic tables and a wheelchair-accessible rotunda.

The Fern Gully Track is a magical 500m circuit walk that takes 20 minutes return. Cross the Yarra at the pedestrian bridge near the campground and walk the circuit along a combination of walking track, boardwalk and stairs through a magnificent old growth eucalypt forest. Marvel at the size of the eucalypt trees and their supporting undergrowth. Keep an eye out for birds in the trees and animals scurrying on the ground and feel at one with this very special section of bush. Dogs are not permitted on this track.

For a 1.4km, meandering 1-hour walk, cross the Yarra River at the pedestrian bridge near McVeigh's Waterwheel and then follow the Yarra River to the secluded Batts Creek Point.  Originally used to power a generator to run equipment in the Contention gold mine, this 4.3m historic water wheel also supplied power to McVeigh’s Hotel. Please note that the track terminates here, and return is via the same route. Dogs are also not permitted on this track.

If you're looking for a shorter stroll, the Brimbonga Walking Track might be just right. This 300m, 15-minute return stroll leaves from the car park and heads just to the east of the aqueduct to the viewing platform. Watch the water from the dam flow out of the reservoir's outlet basin into the aqueduct as it continues its journey to Melbourne. Please note, this viewing platform is at the bottom of the dam wall and only provides views of this outlet siphon, not of the Reservoir itself. 

If you'd like to stay a little longer, book in for a spot at the spacious campground. 

Things To Do


Camping in Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Nestled at the top of the Yarra Valley, the camping area offers a peaceful camping experience with open spaces, gas barbecues and spectacular scenery. The camping area is open and casual with no formal or powered sites. Bookings are essential.

Walking in Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Take in the bushland through the gentle shaded walks beneath tall eucalypts and green fern gullies. See the remnants of the parks earlier use, when it was a small town constructed for the workers who built the dam between 1947 and 1957.

Lookouts in Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Drive up to the Upper Yarra Dam Wall Lookout and the Upper Yarra Reservoir Lookout, which both offer spectacular views of the reservoir and surrounding woodlands.

Picnic in Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Visitors and campers can enjoy a BBQ picnic at the shelter adjoining the hall or McVeigh's Picnic Area, with gas barbecues, a rotunda and picnic tables available.

Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
Crimson Rosella
Powerful owls
Lace monitors

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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.

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How to get there

Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Upper Yarra Reservoir Park is 24km north‐east of Warburton. From Melbourne take the Maroondah Highway through Lilydale, then the Warburton Highway to Warburton. The park is open every day of the year. Gates open at 8am and close at 5pm, or 6pm during daylight savings. For access to your pre-booked campsite, the gate pin code is obtained through your camp booking.

When to go

Great time to camp, when the air is warm and the days are long.

Need to know

Upper Yarra Reservoir 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 Barbeques temporarily closed

    All barbecues within Yarra Ranges National Park are temporarily closed for service and maintenance.  Locations include:
    - Upper Yarra Reservoir Park
    - Maroondah Reservoir Park
    - Badger Weir
    - Donnelly's Weir
    - Fernshaw Picnic Ground
    - Mt Donna Buang

    Parks Victoria apologises for the inconvenience.

    Park Information: 13 1963

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