Look no further than Wattle Park for a great escape within Melbourne's eastern suburbs. With its blend of historic buildings, picnic grounds walking tracks and natural bush, this park has something for the whole family. Enjoy walking, jogging or cycling along the multi-purpose tracks.
Despite its urban surroundings, Wattle Park is a haven for plants and wildlife. Take a stroll along the tracks and bird watch. There are some 50 bird species in the park. Look for birds including the White-faced Heron and Rainbow Lorikeet, or keep your eyes peeled for a Tawny Frogmouth sitting in a tree. Visit the filtration ponds alongside Damper Creek and see ducks and frogs amongst the native rushes. There is also 20 species of butterflies and 60 species of beetles in the park. From late winter through spring the eastern slope comes alive with splashes of colour, as the wildflowers bloom. Native orchids, lilies and grasses are common in the area.
In the warmer months, meet for a picnic or barbecue. The picnic area beside Wattle Park Chalet has picnic tables, gas barbecues and a children’s playground. Explore the playgrounds, and watch as the kids pretend to drive a Heritage W Class tram. One Sunday a month (from October to April), enjoy the sounds of the Melbourne Transit Band.
Upgrades to Wattle Park
Wattle Park is a much-loved park with significant natural and cultural heritage, and provides visitors with an important connection to nature in a suburban landscape. Some of the facilities, including the playground, have been well-loved for many years and need updating.
The Victorian Government is investing $4.3 million to deliver new facilities and upgrades at Wattle Park, including a new all-abilities playscape, new picnic shelters and BBQs and an upgraded 3.25km walking and running track. For more information, concept designs and progress updates, read more about the Wattle Park Upgrades Project.
Things To Do
Walking in Wattle Park
Trams and tram shelters
The Lone Pine
Wattle Park Chalet
This area is home to a variety of birdlife. Keep an eye out for kookaburras and musk lorikeets alongside seasonal visits from gang gang and black cockatoos.
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.
How to get there
Need to know
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.
Wattle Park upgradesWorks are underway to upgrade the facilities at Wattle Park. The existing playground is being replaced with a nature-based all-abilities playscape, a 3.25 km running and walking track is being created and the picnic area is being upgraded. Find out more about the project.