Explore dry forest and woodland on this family-friendly bushwalk at Lysterfield Park, or hop on your bike and go for a pleasant ride.
The Lake Circuit Trail is Lysterfield Park's most popular trail for walkers, runners and families, with a mostly flat wide gravel surface and two short hills. You will find distance markers every 1km making navigating this trail easy. This trail (5.5km circuit - 1.5 hour walk) is also suitable for bicycles and off-road prams.
One of the best places near Melbourne to see kangaroos and wallabies in the wild, you might also see koalas and echidnas if you're lucky. Visit close to dawn or dusk for the best chance to see wildlife.
Cross the dam wall and enjoy panoramic views of Lysterfield Lake. As you wander deeper into the forest, you'll catch glimpses of the sparkling water peeking through the trees.
Take a peaceful break at the three jetties along the trail. Enjoy scenic views of the tranquil lake and see if you can spot any waterbirds. Lysterfield Lake is a haven for a variety of species such as the Eurasian Coot and Eastern Swamphen. You might even be treated to a special visit by the migratory Japanese Snipe.
The Lake Circuit Trail links to a vast network of walking and cycling tracks in Lysterfield Park, which connects to neighbouring Churchill National Park. For a more adventurous bushwalk, follow the Granite Peak Trail as it climbs uphill to Trig Point, where you can admire 360-degree views of Melbourne.
Things to do
Picnic areas in Lysterfield Park
How to get there
Lake Circuit Trail
Need to know
Lake Circuit Trail
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 Sites
All mountain bike trails closedSingle Trail Network ClosureDue to recent heavy rainfall, a wet winter and significant rider traffic, all mountain bike trails are severely impacted with very muddy conditions and deteriorating track condition. To prevent further damage, all single track mountain bike trails are temporarily closed. Trails will be re-opened following maintenance and drier conditions which we anticipate will be Monday 1 November 2021. Lake Circuit Trail and all fire trails will remain open.These closures ensure visitors remain safe in the park, and protect the trail network from unnecessary degradation. Thank you for respecting the closures and we hope to see you on the trails soon.Aneurysm TrailAneurysm Trail has significant damage in sections and will require repairs, to return the trail to its graded (Black Diamond) condition before reopening. These repairs will also need time to settle. As a result, the Aneurysm Trail will remain closed until 1 November 2021 once works have been completed.