Westgate Park is a green oasis located in the heart of industrial Melbourne. The park is perhaps best known for its salt lake which turns pink seasonally in response to high salt levels, high temperatures, increased sunlight and lack of rainfall. Visit during the hotter weather to see the reddish algae growing in the salt crust. The lake returns to its normal colour as the weather cools and rainfall increases.
The shared paths in Westgate Park are popular with cyclists, joggers and walkers, and connect to some significant trail networks of Melbourne, including the 53km Bay Trail. The trail starts in Westgate Park at the Yarra River and heads all the way to Frankston, along the eastern edge of Port Phillip Bay, and is about 2.5 hours by bike, each way. Travel via the bicycle punt service across the Yarra River (westgatepunt.com for timetable) to access Scienceworks and the Williamstown Foreshore Trail (6km, 23 minutes one way).
Take the unsealed trails in Westgate Park that wind past lakes and wetlands to see the park’s plants and animals, as well as the Earth Series Sculptures. These artworks by Lyn Moore are made from natural materials and add to the unique landscape and character of Westgate Park. Pack a picnic or make use of the free shared electric barbecue facility and come and explore this beautiful environment at the city’s doorstep.
Westgate Park forms a sanctuary for a variety of bird species from around the world. Watch the lake for wading birds such as stilts, ibis and spoonbills feeding on the shores, and swimmers and divers including ducks, gulls, coots, pelicans, swans and moorhens.
Things To Do
Walking and riding
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
Tours and adventure experiences in parks
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How to get there
When you're there
Need to know
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
Safety in natureSwimming is not permitted at Westgate Park. During the pink lake phenomenon, please do not enter the salt lake or its shoreline.
How we keep it special
Take part in tree planting, community science programs and various other ecological activities with Westgate Biodiversity.
Parks Victoria is proud to be a key partner in the implementation of the Yarra Strategic Plan, Burndap Birrarung burndap umarkoo. Delivering the plan is a Victorian Government commitment to protect our treasured Yarra River, Birrarung, and its parklands for future generations.