Woodlands Historic Park

Woodlands Historic Park 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. 

Woodlands Historic Park is home to one of Australia's first kit-houses: a prefabricated timber house brought from Britain in the 1840s. You can visit the homestead to learn more about its construction and significance. 

The rest of Woodlands Historic Park preserves a landscape very similar to what early European settlers would have encountered. The fenced Eastern Barred Bandicoot Sanctuary in particular is reserved as a sanctuary for wildlife. Watch for birds and other native animals as you explore this section of the park – just remember to close the gates, as this is a site for a recovery program for the threatened Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

The park is a great place to see Victoria's cultural history. Scarred trees can still be found throughout the park. These are culturally important artefacts and a reminder Wurundjeri Aboriginal people lived in the area before European settlement. You can find out more about identifying Aboriginal cultural heritage at Parks Victoria's Protecting Aboriginal Cultural Heritage web page.  The park also has two historic ruins; Cumberland Ruins, found within the Bandicoot Sanctuary, is a mid-1800s double-storey bluestone homestead which was damaged by fire in the 1950s. You can also find Dundonald Homestead, another mid-1800s homestead ruins site near the summit of Gellibrand Hill.

Woodlands Historic Park is a great place for walking and cycling. Spend an easy hour on the Murrup Gurrong Yan (Spiritual Creek Walk) circuit, or walk along the billabongs of the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail. Tackle the Gellibrand Hill Walk for spectacular 360-degree views of the city, the bay, the Great Dividing Range and Melbourne Airport. All the trails in the park are shared for walkers and cyclists, and some also welcome horse riders, so take care and watch out for fellow trail users.  Once you're done, head for the Somerton Road Picnic Area and enjoy a picnic among magnificent River Red Gums. Electric barbecues, tables and toilets are provided here. You can also find shaded picnic tables outside the homestead.  

Things To Do


Walking in Woodlands Historic Park

The many tracks throughout the park cater for all trail enthusiasts. Enjoy the spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and magnificent gum trees. Check the map in the Visitor Guide for details on the best walking tracks.

Birdwatching in Woodlands Historic Park

The park is a great spot for birdwatching enthusiasts. Here you will find everything from the red-rumped parrot and superb fairy wren to wedge-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons.
The entrance to the historic homestead at Woodlands Historic Park

Woodlands Homestead and Living Legends

In front of the historic Woodlands Homestead, you can encounter real Living Legends – retired champion race horses live out their golden years here, continuing a 150-year-old tradition of raising race horses on the property.
The view of the Melbourne skyline from the top of Gellibrand Hill at Woodlands Historic Park

Cycling in Woodlands Historic Park

There are plenty of trails criss‐crossing the park offering opportunities for beginner and intermediate off‐road cyclists. The 1.5km downhill north/south track along the eastern perimeter fence is particularly popular with cyclists. Take care to share the paths with fellow trail users.

Woodlands Historic Park

This area is well known for its wildlife. Watch out of the rare Eastern Barred Bandicoot, which can be seen at night within the sanctuary.  A variety of birds of prey can be seen throughout the year, particularly in spring and summer. Keep an eye out for iconic species:

Crimson Rosella
Wedge-tailed eagles

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How to get there

Woodlands Historic Park

Woodlands Historic Park is 22km north of Melbourne CBD. Follow the Tullamarine Freeway and turn right into Oaklands Road. There are several entrances, although a popular place to arrive is the Somerton Road Picnic Area. 

When to go

Beautiful early morning sunrises and late sunsets from the summit of Gellibrand Hill. 

Need to know

Woodlands Historic 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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Eastern Barred Bandicoot Sanctuary Closed

    The Eastern Barred Bandicoot Sanctuary will be closed from Tuesday 23rd May until Tuesday 20th June due to pest animal operations.

  • Woodlands Historic Park

    Closed - Woodlands Back Paddock Bandicoot Enclosure

    The Back Paddock Bandicoot Sanctuary is closed for conservation management operations. 

    The back paddock (bandicoot enclosure) is now back open

    The Back Paddock has been closed due to park management practices. They have finished and it is now open to the public.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Woodlands Historic Park Storm Impacts

    Woodlands Historic Park has been impacted by a series of storm events.  The park is open but trails have been damaged- please slow down and asses your safety when out enjoying a  walk, horsehide or bike ride and proceed with extra caution within Woodlands.  Roads have also been impacted.  Please drive with caution.
    Please follow all risk, regulatory and warning signage through out the park.

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