Yarra Valley Parklands


Yarra Valley Parklands

Yarra Valley Parklands extend along the Yarra River and provide visitors with a wide range of recreational opportunities, from picnicking to canoeing and even camping.

The parks include Westerfolds, Banksia, Birrarrung and Candlebark parks, Yarra Flats, Sweeneys Flat and Longridge Park Camp. 

The parklands form a significant 'backbone' of interconnecting trails, linear parks, wetlands and waterways throughout the metropolitan area. The ongoing effort revegetating the parklands, mostly with the aid of valued community groups planting about 30,000 trees per year, has seen the return of a number of significant wildlife species.

Things to do in the area

Group of people at a camp site

Longridge Campground

Longridge Campground is a peaceful place to camp close to Melbourne. Nestled alongside the Yarra River, enjoy exclusive use of the campground, suitable for a large group of up to 40 people.
A river red gum in Banksia Park.

Banksia Park

The open space, playgrounds and picnic areas of Banksia Park make it a popular location for families of all ages. The dog-friendly park is perfect for cyclists, joggers and walkers.
A family walk along a sealed path in Westerfolds Park.

Westerfolds Park

Situated beside the Yarra River in Templestowe, Westerfolds Park offers over 120 hectares of parkland perfect for picnicking, cycling, walking and canoeing.

Pettys Orchard

Pettys is one of Melbourne’s oldest commercial orchards, holding the largest collection of apple varieties on mainland Australia.


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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How to get there

Yarra Valley Parklands

Camping and Accommodation

Longridge Camping Area is a peaceful place to camp along the Yarra River. You will have exclusive use of the campground, suitable for a large group of up to 40 people. Relax in the quiet woodland setting, go for a swim or launch a canoe and explore the Yarra.
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Need to know

Yarra Valley Parklands

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.

  • Yarra Valley Parklands

    Mullum Mullum Creek bridge closure - Tikalara Park

    The bridge over the Mullum Mullum Creek at the junction with the Main Yarra Trail is closed due to storm damage.
    Access over the bridge is not permitted.
    A project to demolish the existing structure and replace with a new bridge, that meets current standards, is underway.

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