Lady Talbot Drive
This scenic drive, featuring several attractions along the Taggerty River, was named after the wife of Sir Reginald Talbot, Governor of Victoria from 1903 to 1908. It is seasonally closed, so check before you visit.
To really appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of the ancient rainforest, stop for a picnic along the way or take one of the scenic walks. There's a pretty good chance you'll see a lyrebird scratching in the undergrowth - or hear them micmicking the cries of other birds.
The Beeches Rainforest Walk is a loop that starts at Taggerty Cascades before meandering through Myrtle Beech and Mountain Ash woodland. Stop for lunch at the Beeches Picnic Area.
Phantom Falls and Keppel Falls are also worth stopping to see along the way. Waterfalls and lyrebirds are best seen after wet weather, so this is a great trip to undertake during or after rainy weather.
Things to do in the area
How to get there
Lady Talbot Drive
Need to know
Lady Talbot Drive
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
Donna Buang Road closure between Warburton Highway and Rainforest GalleryThe Department of Transport are undertaking road works to the landslip along the Donna Buang Road. The road will be closed between the Warburton Highway and Rainforest Gallery from Monday 2 October to Friday 13 October.During this time, there will be no access to the Mt Donna Buang summit and Rainforest Gallery. Access to private properties will be maintained.Please note these dates are subject to change due to weather conditions.
Cambarville Toilet Block ClosedCambarville Toilet Block Closed until further notice.
Lady Talbot Drive accessLady Talbot Drive has recently been reconstructed. To protect the road from damage in the wetter months the section beyond The Beeches to Upper Taggerty Road will remain closed unil 2nd November 2023.Access to Keppel Hut is via Mt Margret Road - Lady Talbot Drive - Keppel Hut Track (4WD only)
BBQ's temporarily closed at various locationsSome bbqs within Yarra Ranges National Park are temporarily closed for service and maintenance, or during upgrade of facilities. Locations include:- Fernshaw Picnic Area- Donnellys Weir Picnic Area- Mt Donna Buang Summit- Maroondah Reservoir Park. BBQs near the main car park (at the former kiosk) and near the top car park are operational.Parks Victoria apologises for the inconvenience.Park Information: 13 1963
Big Peninsula Picnic Area (Yarra Ranges National Park, Yarra River)
Big Peninsula Stepping Stones ClosedBig Peninsula Stepping Stones closed due to flood damage.
Little Peninsula Picnic Area (Yarra Ranges National Park, Yarra River)
Little Peninsula Bridge Closed
Little Peninsula Bridge closed due to storm damage.
Yarra Ranges National Park
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Dee Rd Trestle Bridge Closed
The Dee Road Trestle Bridge has been closed for public safetySubsequently, the O'Shannassy Aqueduct trail now terminates at the bridge near the Dee Road Picnic Ground. Please plan your visit accordingly. We recommend accessing the western section of the Trail from the Dee Road Picnic Ground in Millgrove and the eastern section from the Yuonga Road Picnic Ground in Warburton.Works to provide continued access to the trail are being investigated.
Phantom Falls (MARYSVILLE STATE FOREST, Yarra Ranges National Park)
Phantom Falls walk closureThe walking track to Phantom Falls is currently closed due to extensive storm damage. The second bridge and viewing platform are damaged and deemed unsafe. The track is overgrown and has numerous fallen tree obstructions.Access beyond the first bridge, overlooking the Taggerty River is not permitted.Access to the carpark, picnic area and first bridge is still permitted.
Dom Dom Saddle Picnic Area (Yarra Ranges National Park)
Dom Dom Saddle Picnic Area - Toilet ClosureDom Dom Saddle Picnic Area toilets are permanently closed and will be removed in their entirety at a later date.The nearest toilets are at Fernshaw Picnic ground.
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Cambarville circuit walk (Yarra Ranges National Park)
The lower section of Cumberland walking track at Cambarville is closed until further notice (Cora Lynn falls remains open)- The lower section of the Cumberland walking track is closed until further notice, however Cora Lynn falls remains open.
- The upper section of Cumberland track including the Elephant Tree and the Big Tree are still open.
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