Yarra Bend Park

Yarra Bend Park

Yarra Bend Park

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Yarra Bend Park

Yarra Bend Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri People. 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.

Yarra Bend Park is Melbourne's largest natural bushland park. Enjoy the leafy grounds and abundant wildlife while strolling or biking its many trails. Stop for a picnic, walk your dog or play a round of golf. Hire a canoe at historic Studley Park Boathouse, paddle upstream, and spot flying foxes.

Explore the wild river escarpments, open woodlands, formal parklands and sports fields that make up Yarra Bend Park.

Set out on the Dights Falls Walk and discover the site of a former asylum, the river red gum dominated landscape of Galatea Point, Deep Rock which was home to the Deep Rock Swimming Club and of course, the iconic Dights Falls.

Arguably the parks best known feature, the artificial weir was built in the 1840s to provide water to the Ceres Flour Mill, one of the first in Victoria. The falls were later to become known as Dights Falls after the owners of the mill.


Things to do in the area

 
Four friends relax by the edge of the Yarra River as their curly brown dog gets ready to jump in the water.

Dights Falls

The park's best known geological feature is Dights Falls. Dights Falls is an artificial weir built on a natural rock bar across the Yarra. The weir was built in the 1840s to provide water to the 'Ceres' flour mill, one of the first in Victoria
Up close and personal with a Grey Headed Flying Fox in Yarra Bend Park.

Grey Headed Flying Fox

Entry to the Grey-headed Flying‐fox walking trail and access to the viewing platform is via Bellbird Picnic Area.Visitors to the trail will learn about the flying-foxes through interpretive signage and experience the animals in their natural environment.Grey‐headed Flying‐foxes can be seen roosting in the park during the day and at sunset they create a unique spectacle when they "fly‐out" in large numbers.
The 12th hole at the Yarra Bend Golf Course.

Yarra Bend Golf Course

Whether you are making your way around the scenic open access golf course, working on your game at the driving range or entertaining your kids with a round of mini golf, you will be struck by the beauty of this venue. Yarra Bend Golf is a public access location, where all are made to feel welcome .
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 husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.
A three year old boy leads his mum and younger brother through the forest near Grants Picnic Ground.

Family activities

Stash some supplies into a back pack and take the family out for a day trip and in only a short drive from Melbourne you can be surrounded by nature.

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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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

    Toilets at Deep Rock closed

    The public toilet at Deep Rock, Deep Rock Road, are currently closed due to plumbing issues. The nearest public toilets are at Stuckey Park Boathouse or Westfield temporary toilet facilities.

  • Loop Road Picnic Ground (Yarra Bend Park)

    Lower Loop barbecues out of order and Corben toilets closed

    Corben toilets at the Lower Loop and the barbecues at the picnic area are currently out of order due to an electrical fault.

    The nearest toilets and barbecues are approximately 200 metres walk across Kanes Bridge at Studley Park.

    Parks Victoria apologises for any inconvenience caused.

  • Bellbird Picnic Area (Yarra Bend Park)

    Bellbird Toilets Closed

    The Bellbird toilet block is currently out of order due to plumbing issues. The nearest toilets are located at Studley Park. Parks Victoria apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Yarra Bend Park

Yarra Bend Road
Fairfield VIC 3078
13 1963
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