The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

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The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Bunurong People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Bunurong Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Explore the heathland, bushland dunes and revegetation spaces of the Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve that provide a home for a diverse range of native wildlife. Walk or cycle the Panorama Circuit to see the full extent of the reserve and climb to the lookout for views over Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges and Port Phillip Bay. A network of gravel and sand trails run through the reserve, connecting with the Peninsula Link Trail that runs 25km from Bonbeach all the way to Mt Eliza.

Hike through the peaceful dunes surrounding remnant heathland and low-lying woodlands, where over 210 indigenous flora species have been found, including vibrant native wildflowers which burst into life in spring. Swamp wallabies can be seen bounding through the scrub at dawn and dusk, and echidnas scurrying through the undergrowth. Snakes and other reptiles, including Blue-tongue Lizards, will often sun themselves in warmer weather, so be cautious where you step. Keep an eye out for native birds, including the New Holland Honeyeater.

The trails through the reserve are dog-friendly, but dogs must be kept on a leash at all times to help protect the flora and fauna. Relax with a picnic lunch at the tables near the Ballarto Road entrance. Please remember that there are no toilets or barbecues at the reserve, as its primary objective is to be a nature conservation space.

Things To Do

Dirt tracks running through the trees in The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

Walking

The reserve’s trails are made up of a variety of gravel and sand surfaces popular for walking, jogging, cycling and on-lead dog walking. Try the Orchard Circuit, the Boggy Creek Circuit or the Panorama Circuit.
A tawny frogmouth perched on a branch

Birdwatching

Try and spot some of the native bird species that live in or visit the reserve, such as the New Holland Honeyeater, Wedge-tailed Eagle and Tawny Frogmouth.
An aerial view of the The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

Bike riding

Most trails within the reserve are mixed-use for cyclists and walkers, offering a scenic tour of the scrub, heathland and dunes. The Peninsula Link Trail runs through the reserve, and has a sealed surface suitable for all bikes.

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

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

Echidnas
Wedge-tailed eagles
Wallabies

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How to get there

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve is located 3km north-east of Frankston and 40km south-east of Melbourne. The main entrance is accessed from Ballarto Road, Carrum Downs. Pedestrian access is via walking tracks on Tamerisk Drive, Excelsior Drive and Warrawee Circuit.

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The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

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