Kara Kara National Park

Kara Kara National Park

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Kara Kara National Park

Womin-Dji-Ka (Welcome).

Kara Kara National Park is one of six Aboriginal Title parks in Central West Victoria, jointly managed by the Djaara (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans) Aboriginal Corporation and Parks Victoria. The area known as Kara Kara National Park is the traditional land of the Djaara (Dja Dja Wurrung People). Djaara have cared for this Djandak (Country) for thousands of years.

Discover the forests and open woodlands of Kara Kara National Park, one of the largest intact areas of Box-Ironbark vegetation and landscapes in Victoria. There are 275 species of native flora recorded here, including spectacular wildflowers, in a mix of heathy dry forest and herb‐rich woodland.  

This varied landscape is important habitat for many animals, including Barking Owls, Powerful Owls, kookaburras, Crimson Rosellas, Swift Parrots, possums, Yellow-footed Antechinus, Squirrel Gliders, Brush-tailed Phascogale and bats. 

Hiking, mountain-biking and four-wheel driving are the perfect way to discover Kara Kara National Park.  Set off on a bushwalk to explore Box Ironbark forest and some steep and challenging tracks with excellent views of the surrounding landscape from high points and rocky ridge tops. If you're looking for an easy start, The flat Upper Teddington Reservoir Walk (2.8km) is an straightforward trail with excellent bird watching opportunities. For a view, visiting the dam wall at sunrise offers a picture perfect experience. 

The banks of Upper Teddington Reservoir provide a pleasant spot for camping and picnics. Toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces are provided and the campground is accessible for caravans. Take a stroll from Teddington Campgrounds to the historic Teddington Hut, constructed in 1955. This area also attracts lively flocks of White Cockatoos. Camping is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please bring your own drinking water and firewood. 

In the nearby Stuart Mill Reservoir, canoe or kayak through the waters, or try fishing for Brown Trout and Redfin. Bring your mountain bike to explore the forest roads. While bikes are not allowed on walking tracks within the park, Centre Road is a scenic place to drive or ride, with other shorter rides off this route. This main road is also popular for scenic drives.

Things To Do

 

Walking in Kara Kara

Discover the forested slopes and native woodlands of this significant park, take a gentle wander to the reservoir and climb to rocky ridges for unparalleled views. Have a picnic in nature at Upper Teddington Reservoir, Rostron Picnic Area and Teddington Hut, with tables and wood-fired barbeques.

Camping at Kara Kara

Bring your caravan or pitch your tent by the Upper Teddington Camping Area, or set up camp at the historic Teddington Hut.

Kara Kara birdwatching

Kara Kara National Park is home to an array of birdlife, from the colourful Crimson Rosellas and Swift Parrots to the loud White Cockatoos and Kookaburras and majestic night-time hunters, including Powerful Owls and Barking Owls.

Scenic drives in Kara Kara

Explore the length of this forest reserve on four wheels, stop for a picnic or just to admire views and old woodlands along the way.

Kara Kara National Park

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Echidnas
Antechinus
Kangaroos
Wallabies
Powerful owls
Wedge-tailed eagles
Crimson Rosella

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 all the 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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How to get there

Kara Kara National Park

Kara Kara National Park is 200km north‐west of Melbourne. The main access to the park is from the Sunraysia Highway to the east. At Stuart Mill, follow the signs to Teddington Campground.

There are also many Nature Conservation Reserves that adjoin Kara Kara, creating a large protected area for flora and fauna. These include Stuart Mill, Dalyenong, Redbank and Landsborough Hill and Big Tottington. St Arnaud Regional Park to the north is easily accessible from the town of St Arnaud. 

 

When to go

The park is hot and dry in the summer. A great place for holiday season, but be mindful of fire safety warnings. 

Need to know

Kara Kara 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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2022

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate from 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.

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