Enjoy a leisurely picnic at Donnelly’s Weir, Badger Weir, Dom Dom Saddle or Maroondah Reservoir Park. Short walks from the picnic areas into the rainforest will often be rewarded with sightings of charismatic wildlife such as lyrebirds, King Parrots, Crimson Rosellas and wallabies.
Longer and more challenging walks are rewarded with fantastic scenery, stunning views and an even better chance of spotting wildlife. The Mount Juliet summit walk rises from 200m to 1100m and is one of the most difficult in the Yarra Ranges, while the Mount St Leonard Track incorporates part of the National Bicentennial Trail
Extend your scenic drive deeper into the Yarra Ranges by continuing beyond the Black Spur to Marysville and beyond on the Lady Talbot Forest Drive, which leads to the Beeches Walk, Taggerty Cascades and Phantom and Keppel Falls.
Things to do in the area
Everything about this park seems ancient. From the towering Mountain Ash trees to the moss-covered rainforests. This is a heartland for some of our nocturnal possums and gliders. Bring a torch and see if you can spot a Greater Glider or Yellow-bellied Glider in the tall trees but be sure to watch the ground for grumpy wombats.
The forests of the Yarra Ranges are thought to be among the last strongholds of the critically endangered Leadbeater's Possum. This shy animal needs a particular mix of trees of varying ages to thrive and has suffered from habitat loss due to bushfires and logging. You are unlikely to see a Leadbeater's Possum, but it is nice to know that one might be resting in the hollow of a tree as you walk past.
In all, around 40 native mammals are known to occur in the park. The large areas of undisturbed old and mixed-age forests are particularly important for the conservation of hollow-dwelling species including bats, owls, parrots and the Leadbeater's Possum.
The park provides habitat for 120 species of native birds. Hollow-using species found here are the Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl and Barking Owl. Other important species include the Pink Robin, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Australian King-Parrot and Grey Goshawk. Crimson Rosellas are common.
The park features tall Mountain Ash forests, with an understorey of tree ferns, and gullies of cool temperate rainforest. Large pristine areas of these and other vegetation types are of national and state botanical significance. Damp river valleys are home to stands of Myrtle Beech festooned with mosses, ferns and lichens.
The highest elevations, such as Lake Mountain and Mount Donna Buang, are characterised by sub-alpine vegetation, and receive regular snowfalls over the winter months.
Fourteen plant species occurring in the park have been identified as being rare or threatened, including the Slender Tree-fern and Tree Geebung.
How to get there
Healesville and the Black Spur
Need to know
Healesville and the Black Spur
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.
Yarra Ranges National Park
Part of O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail closed due to storm damageYarra Ranges National Park was heavily impacted by severe storms on 9 June 2021 and the following areas will be closed until further notice:- O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail between Mt Donna Buang Road and Cement Creek RoadAssessments are ongoing, with some areas opening in the coming weeks. Areas where there is extensive damage may be closed for some time. We recommend you check this page for updates on closures.Please note, it is dangerous and illegal to enter closed areas and there is still high risk of further trees and branches falling.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Seasonal road closures 2021
Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Lady Talbot Drive ClosureDue to increased risk of tree fall from recent high rainfall and forecast rainfall through Autumn, Winter and Spring, Lady Talbot Drive is closed until further notice, affecting access to Phantom Falls, Keppel Falls, Taggerty River Cascades and The Beeches Walk and picnic area. Tree risk conditions will be reassessed in November 2021.