Upper Yarra Reservoir Camping Area

Nestled right at the top of the Yarra Valley, you'll find the popular Upper Yarra Reservoir Park Camping Area. Enjoy a peaceful camping experience with open spaces, picnic grounds and spectacular scenery.

Opening hours

8am - 5pm
Daylight savings
8am - 6pm
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Originally a small town constructed for the workers who built the dam, the spacious Upper Yarra Reservoir Park has everything you need for a relaxing, back-to-nature camping holiday.

Suitable for a gathering of family and friends, the camping area has no formal sites. Simply pick a grassy spot and pitch a tent surrounded by eucalypt bushland with easy access to fireplaces, gas and wood-fired barbecues, a rotunda, toilets and picnic tables.

The camping area is a great launching point to explore the Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Explore the delightful short walks and breath-taking lookouts over and around the reservoir, keeping an eye out for Swamp Wallabies, wombats, fish and kookaburras among the native eucalypts, grevilleas and banksias. Cool your feet in the Yarra River, follow the river to the secluded Batts Creek Point, or go on a self-guided walk on the Fern Gully Track as it loops through tall eucalypt forest with a dense and sheltered ferny understorey. Visit the Dam Wall Lookout, or take a stroll along the Brimbonga Walking Track to the viewing platform and watch the water flow from the Reservoir through the outlet basin as it begins its journey to Melbourne

Near the picnic grounds, see the historic McVeigh's Water Wheel that was used to supply power to Contention gold mine and McVeigh's Hotel.

When the sun goes down, grab your torch and spot the many nocturnal animals who call the park home. Glimpse Greater Gliders, Sugar Gliders, possums, bats and owls on their night time adventures. 


How to get there

Upper Yarra Reservoir Camping Area

Upper Yarra Reservoir Park is 24km north‐east of Warburton. From Melbourne take the Maroondah Highway through Lilydale then the Warburton Highway to Warburton.


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Need to know

Upper Yarra Reservoir Camping Area

Explore the area

A section of the O'Shannesy Acquaduct near Warburton.

OShannassy Aqueduct Trail

Nestled above the floor of the Upper Yarra Valley, O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail follows the historic open channelled aqueduct. Stretching 30km, the trail passes fern gullies, creeks and plantations and offers spectacular views of the valley below.
A family take in the view of the Yarra Ranges from the elevated platform at Mt Donna Buang.

Mount Donna Buang

At an elevation of 1.2km, the summit features a lookout tower which offers panoramic views over Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong and Cathedral Ranges, Mount Baw Baw and the Alps. It's a great picnic spot and starting point for walks on the mountain.
Maroondah Reservoir Park in the Yarra Ranges National Park.

Maroondah Reservoir Park

Maroondah features gardens with stands of native and exotic trees, native animals and birds and walking tracks. Its playground, lawns and cool summer shade make it a popular picnic destination in warmer months.
A road winds through a lush temporate rain forest.

Black Spur

Drive the world famous Black Spur between Healesville and Narbethong and see luxuriant rainforest on The Beeches Walk on Lady Talbot Forest Drive near Marysville.
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