Yan Yean Reservoir Park
Yan Yean Reservoir is Victoria’s oldest water supply. In 1857, when it was completed, the artificial reservoir was the largest of its kind in the world. The name Yan Yean comes from the Wurundjeri leader who signed the 1835 Batman’s Treaty, whose name was recorded as ‘Yan Yan’ (meaning ‘bachelor’ or ‘young male’).
The reservoir was designed by James Blackburn, an English civil engineer and ex-convict transported to Australia on charges of embezzlement. The massive structure took four years to construct and cost over 750,000 pounds. It has a capacity of 30,000 megalitres of water, and is located in the middle of 10,000 hectares of land that have been dedicated a permanent reservation for water catchment for more than 150 years.
Today, Yan Yean Reservoir Park remains as popular a spot for recreation as it was when it first opened in 1857. Walking trails, shaded picnic areas, electric barbecues, rotundas, picnic tables and abundant parking make the park an ideal destination for a family outing.
Toilet facilities are located at both ends of the park and both have parenting amenities. The northern facilities are also wheelchair accessible.
Take the kids to the playground near the Valve House for a few hours’ play amid the historic surrounds. Or pack your binoculars and head into the extensive wetlands to see the abundant birdlife that lives and feeds in the area.
Stroll the easy walking trails along the water for views over the reservoir and towards the surrounding mountains, and unwind in the peaceful atmosphere of this tranquil, historic setting.
Things To Do
Yan Yean Reservoir Park
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