Kooyoora State Park
Koyoora State Park is one of six Aboriginal Title parks in Central West Victoria, jointly managed by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Parks Victoria. For more information on Joint Management, please visit the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board who oversee implementation of the Joint Management Plan 2018 - see relevant strategy and resources documents.
Dja Dja Wurrung Country is a cultural landscape that is more than just tangible objects; imprinted in it are the dreaming stories, Law, totemic relationships, songs, ceremonies and ancestral spirits, which give it life and significant value to Dja Dja Wurrung People (Recognition Statement, RSA 2013). Parks Victoria pays our respects to Dja Dja Wurrung Elders, past, present, and future. Aboriginal artefacts are protected by law. We ask visitors to be respectful and mindful to avoid disturbing this park’s rich cultural history.
With magnificent views, a rich variety of plants and wildlife and stunning granite boulders, Kooyoora State Park protects some of north‐central Victoria’s outstanding natural features. The Dja Dja Wurrung name for Kooyoora is Guyura meaning mountain of light.
Kooyoora’s walking tracks and road networks are the best way to see the natural features of the park. Follow meandering paths along the valley and marvel at the remarkable granite boulders, rock wells and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside from the Melville Caves summit and Mount Brenanah.
There are ample opportunities for photography and nature watching along the different scenic tracks. For a walk with captivating views, hike 5.3km from the camping area to the lookout on the Long Rock Walking Track. Or bring your bike and tour the roads throughout the park, from Wehla Block through Melville Caves to Sunday Morning Hills, enjoying the magnificent view from Mount Brenanah. Relax at the Melville Caves Picnic Area where there are tables, shelter, toilets and wood barbecues set amongst the eucalypts and rock formations. The wood and fallen branches within the park are important habitats for many fauna, so please remember to bring your own firewood.
Things To Do
Hiking and Walking in Kooyoora
Melville Caves Camping Area
Bike riding in Kooyoora
Kooyoora State Park
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
Tours and adventure experiences in parks
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How to get there
Kooyoora State Park
Kooyoora State Park is about 220km north-west of Melbourne, just west of the Calder Highway between Inglewood and Wedderburn.
When you're there
Need to know
Kooyoora State Park
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves where dogs are normally prohibited, such as national parks.
Safety in nature
To ensure that you and your companions stay safe, always remember that the natural environment can be unpredictable. Before you go, take a look at our safety tips and check our changed conditions and closures information for a great visit.
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.
Melville Caves Walking Track
Update - Road Closures at Kooyoora State Park· The main visitor sites are open at Kooyoora State Park, however the following roads and walking tracks remain closed due to storm damage.· One section of the walking track loop between the picnic area and lookout.· Mount View Road· Kirwan's Road· Back Road· Summit Track
Melville Caves Lookout (Kooyoora State Park)
Kooyoora Joint Management Visitor upgrades comingDear Park Visitors,DJAARA, Joint Management Partners, will commence construction of a new shelter at Melville Caves Lookout from mid-June 2023. Access to the lookout will remain open for visitors during construction.DJAARA are excited to enhance the visitor experience by providing a new and improved facility that will offer a stunning vantage point to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings and look forward to unveiling the new lookout shelter and providing an enhanced experience for all visitors soon.For further information and fact sheet please visit https://djadjawurrung.com.au/resources/We understand that the construction activities may cause some inconvenience during this period and apologise for any disruption or inconvenience caused. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
How we keep it special
We aim to ensure that our valued parks, and the natural assets and cultural heritage they hold, can be enjoyed now and by future generations.
If you are camping in the park, the wood and fallen branches within the park are important habitats for many fauna, so please remember to bring your own firewood or use a gas stove.
Dogs are permitted on-leash at the picnic ground, the campground and the road in between. Horse riding is allowed along the public-use roads. Horses and dogs cannot be taken on walking tracks in the park.