Yarra Ranges National Park

Yarra Ranges National Park

Yarra Ranges National Park

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Yarra Ranges National Park

Yarra Ranges National 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 Wurundjeri Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Situated between Melbourne and the Victorian Alps, the Yarra Ranges National Park is a place of epic views, majestic rainforest scenery and fun-packed snowplay. Enjoy the panorama from Mount Donna Buang, or go deeper into the park on the Black Spur Drive, and wind through towering Mountain Ash forests to Lake Mountain.

The Yarra Ranges spans an extensive, mountainous area of cool temperate forest around the three towns of Marysville, Healesville and Warburton. This national park is home to the world's tallest flowering tree, the Mountain Ash, which towers over lush tree ferns and mossy Myrtle Beech. Dark gullies are home to clear streams which feed the Yarra River and major reservoirs from which Melbourne draws its drinking water.

The Yarra Ranges boasts some stunning lookouts, one of the best being Mount Donna Buang. From here you can see awesome views of Westernport Bay and Port Phillip - or walk the Rainforest Gallery and see the Mountain Ash from a different perspective. In the winter, Mount Donna Buang is Melbourne's closest winter playground. Many Melburnians have enjoyed their first sight of snow here through the years.

Healesville is the start of the Black Spur Drive, a short but beautiful scenic car journey. The road winds through majestic Mountain Ash forest to Narbethong, passing a number of pleasant walking trails and picnic areas, such as Donnelly’s Weir, Dom Dom Saddle and Maroondah Reservoir Park.


A family take in the view of the Yarra Ranges from the elevated platform at Mt Donna Buang.

Mount Donna Buang

At an elevation of 1245 metres, the summit features a lookout tower which is 21 metres high and offers panoramic views over Melbourne, the Yarra Valley, Dandenong and Cathedral Ranges, Mount Baw Baw and the Alps. It is also a popular picnic area and starting point for walks on the mountain.

A road winds through a lush temporate rain forest.

Lady Talbot Drive

The Lady Talbot Drive is a scenic rainforest car journey which passes a number of fantastic walks and waterfalls in the Yarra Ranges National Park. The drive from Melbourne includes the famous Black Spur Drive, another road known for its scenic beauty. Bring a picnic and escape the city for a day.

Need to know

Yarra Ranges National 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

    Mount Donna Buang closed due to significant storm damage

    Yarra Ranges National Park was heavily impacted by severe storms on 9 June 2021 and the following areas will be closed until further notice:
    • Dom Dom Saddle
    • Fernshaw
    • Mt Donna Buang
    • O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail
    Assessments are still ongoing, some areas may be able to be opening in the coming weeks. Areas where there is extensive damage may be closed for some time. We recommend you check this page for updates on closures.
     
    Please note it is dangerous and illegal to enter closed areas and there is still high risk of further trees and branches falling.

    Lady Talbot Drive Closure

    Due to increased risk of tree fall from recent high rainfall and forecast rainfall through Autumn, Winter and Spring, Lady Talbot Drive is closed until further notice, affecting access to Phantom Falls, Keppel Falls, Taggerty River Cascades and The Beeches Walk and picnic area. Tree risk conditions will be reassessed in November 2021.

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail: Trestle Bridge Closed

    No access to the trestle bridge on O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail.  Aqueduct trail terminates at this point (1.1km east of Dee Rd, Millgrove).  Plan your visit accordingly.

    Parts of Yarra Ranges National Park closed due to significant storm damage

    Yarra Ranges National Park was heavily impacted by severe storms on 9 June 2021 and the following areas will be closed until further notice:
    • Dom Dom Saddle
    • Fernshaw
    • Mt Donna Buang
    • O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail

    Assessments are still ongoing, some areas may be able to be opening in the coming weeks. Areas where there is extensive damage may be closed for some time. We recommend you check this page for updates on closures.
     
    Please note it is dangerous and illegal to enter closed areas and there is still high risk of further trees and branches falling.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2021

    Some roads in this park are subject to seasonal road closures. Seasonal road closures generally operate after the long weekend in June through to the end of October, but may be extended due to seasonal conditions. Visit the seasonal road closures page for maps and more information.

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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Yarra Ranges National Park

7-9 Symes Road
Woori Yallock VIC 3139
13 1963
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