Yarra Ranges National Park
Situated between Melbourne and the Victorian Alps, the Yarra Ranges National Park is a place of epic views, majestic rainforest scenery and fun-packed snowplay. Enjoy the panorama from Mount Donna Buang, or go deeper into the park on the Black Spur Drive, and wind through towering Mountain Ash forests to Lake Mountain.
The Yarra Ranges spans an extensive, mountainous area of cool temperate forest around the three towns of Marysville, Healesville and Warburton. This national park is home to the world's tallest flowering tree, the Mountain Ash, which towers over lush tree ferns and mossy Myrtle Beech. Dark gullies are home to clear streams which feed the Yarra River and major reservoirs from which Melbourne draws its drinking water.
The Yarra Ranges boasts some stunning lookouts, one of the best being Mount Donna Buang. From here you can see awesome views of Westernport Bay and Port Phillip - or walk the Rainforest Gallery and see the Mountain Ash from a different perspective. In the winter, Mount Donna Buang is Melbourne's closest winter playground. Many Melburnians have enjoyed their first sight of snow here through the years.
Healesville is the start of the Black Spur Drive, a short but beautiful scenic car journey. The road winds through majestic Mountain Ash forest to Narbethong, passing a number of pleasant walking trails and picnic areas, such as Donnelly’s Weir, Dom Dom Saddle and Maroondah Reservoir Park.
At an elevation of 1245 metres, the summit features a lookout tower which is 21 metres high and offers panoramic views over Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong and Cathedral Ranges, Mount Baw Baw and the Alps. It is also a popular picnic area and starting point for walks on the mountain.
The Lady Talbot Drive is a scenic rainforest car journey which passes a number of fantastic walks and waterfalls in the Yarra Ranges National Park. The drive from Melbourne includes the famous Black Spur Drive, another road known for its scenic beauty. Bring a picnic and escape the city for a day.
Need to know
Yarra Ranges National 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.
Yarra Ranges National Park
Lady Talbot Drive closed until further noticeDue to increased risk of tree fall from recent and forecast high rainfall, Lady Talbot Drive is closed including access to Phantom Falls, Keppel Falls, Taggerty River Cascades and The Beeches Walk.
Notice of Deer Control - Lake MountainTo protect vulnerable ecosystems, Parks Victoria will commence a deer control program at Lake Mountain, Yarra Ranges National Park periodically from March until May 2021. This work aims to reduce deer impact on significant alpine bogs, which in turn support many threatened and vulnerable species.The next planned deer control activities will occur 1 March – 4 March between 7pm – 7am. During these times, the operations area will be closed to the public overnight and re-open during the day. At Lake Mountain, this means overnight camping is not available during nights of control.
Attachments: Yarra Ranges National Park - operations area (1,599KB)
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail: Trestle Bridge ClosedNo access to the trestle bridge on O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail. Aqueduct trail terminates at this point (1.1km east of Dee Rd, Millgrove). Plan your visit accordingly.
FIRE PREPAREDNESS WORKS - Warramate Hills N.C.RDate: 23rd February - 5th March 2021Location: Warramate Hills N.C.R Fire Access Roads and Fuel BreaksImpact: Park users may experience delays while works are carried out. Please follow the instructions of work crews if you need to go through the site.Selected drainage and culverts will be cleaned, along with shrubby under story rearranged 5m either side of fire access roads and fuel breaks.Why: This work is maintaining the existing fire access roads and fuel breaks, which are critical for firefighter and emergency vehicle access and safety in the event of a fire or other emergency.
Cambarville circuit walk (Yarra Ranges National Park)
Cora Lynn Falls Walk (Yarra Ranges National Park) temporarily closedCora Lynn Falls Walk in Yarra Ranges National Park is temporarily closed for safety reasons.
Cambarville Picnic Area (Yarra Ranges National Park)
Cambarville Picnic Area toilet block temporarily closedThe toilet block at Cambarville Picnic Area is temporarily closed until late March 2021.
Henderson's Picnic area (Maroondah Reservoir Park)
Fuel Reduction Burn Works. Healesville - Road 21Fuel reduction burn works will increase the presence of plant and equipment in the Hendersons Loop carpark area, along with intermittent delays for walkers accessing;
These works are critical to reduce bush fire risk to the local area.
- Road 15, between Rd 17 (Condons Tk) and the Maroondah Reservoir Lookout
- Rd 17 (Condons Tk) between Road 22 and Road 15
Big Peninsula Picnic Area (Yarra Ranges National Park)
FIRE PREPAREDNESS WORKS - Peninsula RoadImpact: Park users may experience delays while works are carried out, so if you can, avoid Peninsula Road. Please follow the instructions of work crews if you need to go through the site.Selected trees will be cut down and shrubby mid-story mulched to approximately 5m either side of the road.Environmental and cultural heritage assessments have been undertaken to ensure important areas are protected.Why: This work is maintaining the existing Peninsula Road fuelbreak, which is critical for firefighter and emergency vehicle access and safety in the event of a fire or other emergency.
Attachments: YRNP-Peninsula Road-works notification (538KB)
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Stay safe this summer around waterfallsIt is not safe to swim under or near waterfalls. The pool at the base of a waterfall can be deep and very cold with the risk of hypothermia, and the force of the falling water can cause difficulties for even strong swimmers. Rocks around waterfalls are often wet and slippery so it is easy to slip and fall in the water or down a cliff, leading to serious injuries. Always heed warning signs and advice even if you are not planning to go in the water and be aware of changing weather conditions. Stay behind safety barriers around waterfalls –they are there to keep you safe.
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.