Look no further than Wattle Park for a great escape within Melbourne's eastern suburbs. With its blend of historic buildings, an all-abilities playscape, picnic grounds, walking tracks and natural bush, this park has something for the whole family. Enjoy exercising along the multi-purpose tracks, including the recently upgraded 3.25km walking and running track that takes visitors on an undulating journey through the park.
Despite its urban surroundings, Wattle Park is a haven for plants and wildlife. Take a stroll along the tracks and bird watch. There are some 50 bird species in the park. Look for birds including the White-faced Heron and Rainbow Lorikeet, or keep your eyes peeled for a Tawny Frogmouth sitting in a tree. Visit the filtration ponds alongside Damper Creek and see ducks and frogs amongst the native rushes. There is also 20 species of butterflies and 60 species of beetles in the park. From late winter through spring the eastern slope comes alive with splashes of colour, as the wildflowers bloom. Native orchids, lilies and grasses are common in the area.
In the warmer months, meet for a picnic or barbecue with friends and family. The expansive playscape offers families of all ages and abilities new ways to get active and have fun in nature. It features play structures including a double-storey tram fort, play domes, swings, spinners, slides and sensory play, which are wheelchair-accessible with assistance. The adjoining picnic area features shelters, electric barbecues and all-abilities pathways and picnic tables, providing the comforts needed for a great day out at the park. One Sunday a month (from October to April), enjoy the sounds of the Melbourne Tramways Band.
Please note that rubbish bins are not provided in this park; take everything home with you for composting, recycling or disposal. You are welcome to bring your dog to Wattle Park, but it must be kept on a lead during your visit and you need to collect and remove any dog poo.
Master PlanParks Victoria have drafted a Master Plan for Wattle Park to celebrate and protect the special natural and cultural values of the park, and preserve the site for future generations to enjoy. The plan will set a long-term vision for the park, and looks at everything from heritage, environmental management, recreation to community use.
Community consultation on the draft Master Plan was conducted throughout April and May, 2023. Feedback received during engagement is currently being evaluated to finalise the plan. View the draft Master Plan and stay up-to-date as things progress by visiting the Wattle Park Upgrades page.
Things To Do
Walking in Wattle Park
The Lone Pine
Wattle Park Chalet
This area is home to a variety of birdlife. Keep an eye out for Kookaburras and Musk Lorikeets alongside seasonal visits from Gang-gang and Black Cockatoos.
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.
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Need to know
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.
Wattle Park Picnic Ground (Wattle Park)
Wattle Park heritage tram closuresAccess to the heritage trams at Wattle Park is currently closed, following damage caused by vandalism.Parks Victoria is currently assessing options to restore the trams. During this time, you will still be able to access the Wattle Park picnic area and playscape, however access to the trams and surrounding areas will be closed to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff.