Woowookarung Regional Park

Woowookarung Regional Park

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Woowookarung Regional Park

Woowookarung - ‘place of plenty’ is part of the traditional lands of the Wadawurrung Aboriginal people.

Kim-barne Wadawurrung Tabayl - Welcome to Wadawurrung Country. Enjoy and discover the nature of Woowookarung Regional Park.

Woowookarung Regional Park is a 641-hectare park in Ballarat by the people, for the people.

Established in 2016, the park is perfect for bushwalking, trail running and cycling among the Messmate Stringybark, Grass Trees, and native heath.

Perfect for bushwalking, trail running and cycling, the informal network of tracks are surrounded by Messmate Stringybark, Grass Trees, and native heath.

Take your dog for a walk (on lead) to scenic lookouts, or ride your horse through the former state forest and plantation, while keeping an eye out for kangaroos, echidnas, bird species, and colourful wildflowers.

Keen mountain bikers can discover two existing trails located behind Mount Clear College.

Key visitor spots in the park can be viewed on the park map (PDF).

There are currently no toilets in the park, but the Woowookarung Regional Park Strategic Directions Plan (PDF) outlines the proposed visitor facilities planned for the future.


Dementia-friendly Forest and Sensory Trail

In 2021, Australia’s first Dementia-friendly Forest and Sensory Trail was created in the park.

Just inside the park boundary, off Elsworth Street East/Katy Ryans Road, the gentle 1km trail features sensory aspects and quiet places for reflection. These features have been chosen to quietly evoke positive memories, feelings and sensations. With pathways to allow wheelchairs and carers, assistance dogs, and groups from residential aged care facilities, the trail is an accessible opportunity for people living with dementia to enjoy being in nature.

CDC Victoria, CMV Truck & Bus and Volvo Bus Australia are Parks Victoria’s Supporting Partners for the Dementia Friendly Forest Trail.

Things to do

A father teaches his young daughter to ride a bike in Braeside Park.

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in parks. Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride or downhill adrenalin rush, Victoria's parks have something for you.
Four friends relax by the edge of the Yarra River as their curly brown dog gets ready to jump in the water.

Dog walking

Round up your dog, grab the lead and visit dog-friendly parks near Melbourne and across Victoria.
A young mountain biker attempts a drop while cheered on by his father and older sister at the You Yangs Regional Park.

Mountain biking

Explore parks on two wheels with mountain bike trails to suit most experience and fitness levels.
A couple run through the bush and leaves at Lysterfield Park.

Trail running

Get active and healthy in nature by taking your exercise fitness routine outdoors to one of many park running trails.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Walking

Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.

Woowookarung Regional Park

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Echidnas
Kangaroos

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 the all 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.

Find a Licensed Tour Operator

How to get there

Woowookarung Regional Park

Woowookarung Regional Park is located in Ballarat adjoining the suburbs of Ballarat East, Canadian and Mount Clear. It can be accessed from many roads including York St in Ballarat East and Recreation Road, Mount Clear.

When to go

Need to know

Woowookarung Regional 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.

  • Woowookarung Regional Park

    Temporary Closure - Dementia Friendly Forest & Sensory Trail

    Visitors, please note the Dementia Friendly Forest & Sensory Trail will be temporarily closed for two weeks from Monday 25th October. We are making the trail better! Thank you for your patience as we work to resurface the trail to better support all ability access. We look forward to seeing you on the trail from the second week in November.

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