Yarra Valley Parklands

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Yarra Valley Parklands

Yarra Valley Parklands is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Yarra Valley Parklands extend along the Yarra River and provide visitors with a wide range of recreational opportunities, from picnicking to canoeing and even camping.

The parks include Westerfolds, Banksia, Birrarrung and Candlebark parks, Yarra Flats, Sweeneys Flat and Longridge Park Camp.

The parklands form a significant 'backbone' of interconnecting trails, linear parks, wetlands and waterways throughout the metropolitan area. The ongoing effort revegetating the parklands, mostly with the aid of valued community groups planting about 30,000 trees per year, has seen the return of a number of significant wildlife species.

Things to do in the area

 
Group of people at a camp site

Longridge Campground

Longridge Campground is a peaceful place to camp close to Melbourne. Nestled alongside the Yarra River, enjoy exclusive use of the campground, suitable for a large group of up to 40 people.
A river red gum in Banksia Park.

Banksia Park

The open space, playgrounds and picnic areas of Banksia Park make it a popular location for families of all ages. The dog-friendly park is perfect for cyclists, joggers and walkers.
A family walk along a sealed path in Westerfolds Park.

Westerfolds Park

Situated beside the Yarra River in Templestowe, Westerfolds Park offers over 120 hectares of parkland perfect for picnicking, cycling, walking and canoeing.

Pettys Orchard

Pettys is one of Melbourne’s oldest commercial orchards, holding the largest collection of apple varieties on mainland Australia.

 

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know the all best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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Yarra Valley Parklands

Camping and Accommodation

Longridge Camping Area is a peaceful place to camp along the Yarra River. You will have exclusive use of the campground, suitable for a large group of up to 40 people. Relax in the quiet woodland setting, go for a swim or launch a canoe and explore the Yarra.
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Yarra Valley Parklands

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