Happy Valley Trailhead (Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve)


Happy Valley Trailhead (Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve)

Happy Valley Trailhead and picnic area is one of four access points to Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve, a haven for bushwalkers within close proximity of Melbourne.

Rich with birdlife, spring wildflowers and ancient rock forms, the reserve is a fantastic spot for bushwalkers and birdwatchers. Walkers can explore the track network and enjoy the nature of this special place.

Park at the trailhead to start one of three walks: Happy Valley Track, Old House Track, and Happy Valley Canopus Circuit Track. There is no vehicle access into the reserve itself.

Dogs, fires and camping are not permitted.

Visitor tips: There are no toilets or bins provided - please take your rubbish home. Walkers should wear sturdy footwear, a hat, sunscreen, clothing appropriate for the weather, and carry a map and sufficient water. There is no water provided in the reserve.

Long Forest FFR is in the Central fire district. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. Anyone entering parks and forests during the bushfire season needs to stay aware of forecast weather conditions. Check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban at www.emergency.vic.gov.au, on the VicEmergency smartphone app or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

How to get there

Happy Valley Trailhead (Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve)



Need to know

Happy Valley Trailhead (Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No bicycles
  • No drones without a permit
  • No firearms allowed
  • Management vehicle only
  • No fires permitted
  • No horses
  • No dogs allowed
  • No camping


  • Water hazards
    • Flash flooding
  • Other warnings
    • Heat exhaustion
    • Limbs may fall take care

Be Prepared

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