Hawkstowe Picnic Area (Plenty Gorge Parklands)


Hawkstowe Picnic Area (Plenty Gorge Parklands)

Plenty Gorge Park is approximately 20km north of
Melbourne in South Morang.

Take a look back in time at the historic Hawkstowe picnic ground, set in a secluded area of Plenty Gorge. You'll be impressed by the brick and bluestone Le Page homestead, barn and stables.

This is a perfect spot for a picnic or BBQ that the whole family will enjoy. Electric BBQ's and picnic shelters are available. There are no solid fuel BBQ's. Toilets are located behind Le Page Homestead

Take a walk around the picturesque wetlands. Discover the abundant wildlife, including friendly kangaroos.

Le Page Historic Homestead Opening Hours:
Winter: 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Summer: 8:30AM to 7:00PM

How to get there

Hawkstowe Picnic Area (Plenty Gorge Parklands)


BBQ - Electric/Gas

Need to know

Hawkstowe Picnic Area (Plenty Gorge Parklands)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No fishing
  • No fires permitted
  • No horses
  • No dogs allowed
  • No drones without a permit
  • No motorised vehicles, including electric bikes or scooters allowed on management vehicle only paths, tracks or roads
  • No firearms allowed
  • Restricted opening hours
  • No camping


  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Closure of access road and carpark throughout May 2024

The Hawkstowe Picnic Area access road and car park will be temporarily closed during selected days for road resurfacing works. Please refer to on site signage during your visit.

Works are dependent on weather conditions and will take place between 7am – 5pm on weekdays. The closure may also remain in place over some weekends in preparation for asphalting works. Gordons Road will remain open at all times. 

Traffic controllers may be present to manage safe vehicle access during asphalting works.

During these temporary closures, please follow wayfinding signage on site for alternative parking at Red Gum Picnic Area.

Attachments: Hawkstowe Picnic Area - Change of Conditions - May 2024 (352KB)

Camp Nioka extension of temporary closure

Camp Nioka is not available for bookings while planning continues for necessary building repairs and interior upgrading.

Plenty Gorge Parklands Deer Control

Parks Victoria are continuing deer control in the Plenty Gorge Parklands. This program will be taking place between the hours of 5pm and 6am on a number of nights between May 8th 2024 and August 22nd 2024. These control works are being undertaken by accredited and authorised contractors.
For reasons of public safety, various areas of the park will be inaccessible during the evening throughout this period.
Signage will be in place at access points when control activities are occurring. For our own safety please observe the signage during this time and do not enter any closed areas.
For further information please call 131963

Attachments: Map of control area Feb2024 (546KB)

Yan Yean Reservoir gates closing time

The auto gates at Yan Yean Reservoir Park will continue to close at 18:00 while Melbourne Water works are taking place.

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