Churchill Picnic Area (Churchill National Park)


Churchill Picnic Area (Churchill National Park)

Churchill Picnic Area is set amongst the tall eucalypts, the perfect location to spend a relaxing afternoon. The area has one free gas barbecue, picnic tables, an undercover shelter, carpark, and toilets.
From the Churchill Picnic Area, there are many walking trails to explore, ideal for peaceful walks in nature. Channel Track consists of a gravel path with some varying terrain, running along the old aqueduct. Follow the path as you wander through thickly wooded scrub and loop back to the picnic area . There are trails of varying length and degree, some of which extend into Lysterfield Park. As you venture towards Trig Point Lookout, stop and admire the spectacular viewing opportunities of the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Kangaroos commonly graze in the picnic area and surrounds. Please don't feed the wildlife and remain a safe distance.

Churchill National Park is open from 10:00am and closes at 4:00pm all year round.

How to get there

Churchill Picnic Area (Churchill National Park)


BBQ - Electric/Gas

Need to know

Churchill Picnic Area (Churchill National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No horses
  • No camping
  • No fires permitted
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • Restricted opening hours
  • Speed restrictions apply
  • No drones without a permit
  • No firearms allowed


  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Terrain hazards
    • Uneven ground
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

All mountain bike trails closed

Single Trail Network Closure 
Due to recent heavy rainfall, a wet winter and significant rider traffic, all mountain bike trails are severely impacted with very muddy conditions and deteriorating track condition. To prevent further damage, all single track mountain bike trails are temporarily closed. Trails will be re-opened following maintenance and drier conditions which we anticipate will be Monday 1 November 2021. Lake Circuit Trail and all fire trails will remain open.
These closures ensure visitors remain safe in the park, and protect the trail network from unnecessary degradation. Thank you for respecting the closures and we hope to see you on the trails soon.

Aneurysm Trail
Aneurysm Trail has significant damage in sections and will require repairs, to return the trail to its graded (Black Diamond) condition before reopening. These repairs will also need time to settle. As a result, the Aneurysm Trail will remain closed until 1 November 2021 once works have been completed. 

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