Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve


Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve

Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Wurundjeri Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country. 

Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve is linear strip of land that follows the Sassafras Creek. Stretching from the quaint township of Sassafras through to Emerald, the 17km Sassafras Creek Walking Track is the perfect way to explore. 

Put on your hiking shoes and follow the track as it meanders beside and above Sassafras Creek, offering the chance to be immersed in the forest and to discover its unique flora and fauna. Pass through fern-filled gullies, eucalypt covered hill sides and over numerous bridges and boardwalks. The walk can be undertaken from either direction, starting from either Sassafras or Emerald. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash. 

Why not break the walk into shorter sections and stop off at one of the picnic grounds along the way. There are four picnic areas — Olympic, Kays, Kensleys and Beagleys  all accessible along the walking track. 

The forest surrounding the grounds abounds in natural wonders. Dominated by the towering Mountain Ash, you'll also find Mountain Grey Gum and Messmate (eucalypt) trees.  Sassafras Trees for which the track is named are common throughout cool temperate rainforest sections. The mid-canopy contains soft and rough tree ferns and in some areas Slender Tree ferns that provide protection for the delicate fern species on the ground floor. 

Things To Do


Sassafras Creek Walking Track

Meandering and crisscrossing the cool, clear waters of the Sassafras, Woori Yallock and Menzies Creeks is this 17-kilometre track.
A platypus swims along the surface.

Wildlife watching

Sassafras is a great park to encounter native Australian wildlife, including lyrebirds and many other bird species. While you walk, keep your eyes peeled for wallabies, wombats, antechinus and crayfish.


Olympic, Kays and Beagleys Picnic Grounds are all easily accessible within a short walk along the Sassafras Creek using the Sassafras Creek Walking Track.

Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve

Crimson Rosella
Powerful owls

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How to get there

Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve

Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve is 17km from Sassafras to Emerald, one way. The trail begins in the township of Sassafras off Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd next to the Sassafras Hall and runs through to the Telopea stairs in Emerald. The best parking options are at the Sassafras hall, Beagleys Picnic Ground, Kays Picnic Ground and Olympic Picnic Ground, at the Emerald end of the trail Butterfield Reserve. 

When to go

The days are long and the forest offers a cool retreat along the tranquil creek 

Need to know

Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve

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.

  • Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve

    Sections of Walking Track are Closed

    Several sections of the walking track between Sassafras shops and Butterfield Reserve in Emerald are closed, these sections are between: 1. The Cresent and Nobles Lanes in Sassafras this section of track is awaiting fallen trees and vegetation clearing works to occur. 
    2. Perrins Creek Road and Lyrebird Falls receptions, this section has a bridge that was destroyed in 2019 and at present we have no funding to replace this bridge. 
    3. Lyrebird Falls Receptions and Kays Picnic Ground, this section is currently having a bridge rebuilt that was destroyed by a tree and there are a few minor boardwalk repairs to complete this should be completed by the end of October. 
    4. Baynes Park Reserve in Monbulk through to Priors Road, we are in the process of engaging a contractor to replace a bridge that was destroyed by a  tree.

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