Rising from the southern foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Lysterfield Park is the perfect place to explore nature with friends with a huge variety of recreational activities. Spot kangaroos while walking or jogging the 6km Lake Circuit Trail, ride 24km of mountain bike trails or relax at the lakeside picnic areas.
Lysterfield Park is a great place to get active. You can sail, kayak or canoe in the lake, while runners love the network of gravel bush tracks. It is also home to one of Australia's busiest mountain biking trail networks – including the State Mountain Bike Course, which was a venue at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, easy green trails and action packed black diamond trails for experienced riders.
Lysterfield is a great place to see kangaroos and wallabies in the wild close to Melbourne, so please ensure you leave your dog at home and don't disturb the local wildlife. The kangaroos and wallabies are most active during the mornings and evenings. Walk or jog the Lake Circuit Trail to catch a glimpse.
As rivers, lakes and reservoirs are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Lysterfield Park is a safe and enjoyable one.
Looking at the recent history of Lysterfield Park
Follow Ranger Sandie as she uncovers the rich history of Lysterfield Park, and describes what makes this a special place for her.
Things to do
Lake Circuit Trail
Mountain biking at Lysterfield Park
Picnic areas in Lysterfield Park
Guided Park Walks
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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.
How to get there
When you're there
Download the Lysterfield Park visitor guide for more information about the park and the plethora of experiences to be had within its borders.
Please note: dogs are not allowed in Lysterfield Park.
Need to know
Planning a trip to Lysterfield Park over the summer? Here’s what to know before you go:
- This is a popular park and carparks may fill quickly. Try arriving before 10am to beat the crowds.
- If the car park is full, the park is too!
- Have a backup plan in case the park is full when you arrive.
- Don’t park illegally and block emergency access. For visitor safety, roadside parking is not allowed due to the narrow roads.
- During busy times, consider other local parks including Cardinia Reservoir Park or Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
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