Wattle Park

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Wattle Park

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

Look no further than Wattle Park for a great escape within Melbourne's eastern suburbs. With its blend of historic buildings, picnic grounds walking tracks and natural bush, this park has something for the whole family. Enjoy walking, jogging or cycling along the multi-purpose tracks.

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. The picnic area beside Wattle Park Chalet has picnic tables, gas barbecues and a children’s playground. Explore the playgrounds, and watch as the kids pretend to drive a Heritage W Class tram. One Sunday a month (from October to April), enjoy the sounds of the Melbourne Transit Band. 

 

Upgrades to Wattle Park

Wattle Park is a much-loved park with significant natural and cultural heritage, and provides visitors with an important connection to nature in a suburban landscape. Some of the facilities, including the playground, have been well-loved for many years and need updating.

The Victorian Government is investing $4.3 million to deliver new facilities and upgrades at Wattle Park, including a new all-abilities playscape, new picnic shelters and BBQs and an upgraded 3.25km walking and running track. For more information, concept designs and progress updates, read more about the Wattle Park Upgrades Project

Things To Do

 

Walking in Wattle Park

All paths and trails within Wattle Park are multi‐use. Take a walk, jog or cycle beneath the shade of impressive gums, wattles and other indigenous and exotic tree species. Bring your four-legged friend, dogs on lead are welcome in the park.

Trams and tram shelters

See a piece of Melbourne's tram history and visit the heritage W‐Class trams near the picnic area. Built between 1923 and 1956, today, the trams can be used as picnic shelters and play areas.

The Lone Pine

Overlooking the oval, the Lone Pine was planted in 1933 in remembrance of fallen comrades of the 24th Battalion. One of only four in Victoria, the seed was taken from the original Lone Pine, a solitary tree on the WWI battle fields of Gallipoli.

Wattle Park Chalet

Constructed in 1928, the Chalet was designed to host visitors of the park and was built from decommissioned tram engine houses. The Chalet largely remains in its original form, offering historic charm and features. The Chalet can be booked for events and functions.

Wildlife

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. 

Crimson Rosella

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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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How to get there

Wattle Park

Wattle Park is 13km east of Melbourne CBD. Vehicle access is from Riversdale Rd (Melway 60 J2). Enter by foot from Riversdale Rd, Warrigal Rd, Patterson Ave or Elgar Rd.

When to go

Enjoy the shade of the playground area under the dappled light of the summer sun.

Need to know

Wattle Park

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)

    Access Changes

    While Wattle Park will stay open during construction, we will need to temporarily close or change access to some facilities while we make these upgrades.
     
    Playground closure
    The existing playground is currently closed and has been removed from site, while we construct the new all-abilities nature-based playscape.  
     
    Visitors will also notice the following changes during construction:  
    • The BBQs and picnic shelters at the picnic ground will be temporarily closed.
    • Sections of the existing walking track will be closed in stages for resurfacing.
    • The Wattle Park car park will temporarily have fewer car spaces available to park your car.
    • We’ll be upgrading Monsbourgh Drive, with potential works at night. 
    • While we’ll do our best, there will be some noise.

  • Wattle Park

    Wattle Park upgrades

    Works are underway to upgrade the facilities at Wattle Park. The existing playground is being replaced with a nature-based all-abilities playscape, a 3.25 km running and walking track is being created and the picnic area is being upgraded. Find out more about the project.

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