Melville Caves Picnic Area (Kooyoora State Park)


Melville Caves Picnic Area (Kooyoora State Park)

The Melville Caves Picnic Area provides wood fired BBQs and picnic tables. With flushing toilets, ample parking, granite boulders and open space the site is ideal for families and larger groups. There is a small shelter to hide from the elements and dogs are welcome on a lead .In springtime, the Kooyoora region bursts into life with a stunning myriad of wildflowers. The area has an abundance of wildlife living in the park, you may also include glimpses of kangaroos, wallabies, skinks and maybe even an echidna or two. The site serves as a trail head for the McLeod’s Lookout which can be accessed via the Southern Walking track (1.8km) with a 1.5 hr return. The more adventurous can attempt the Long Rock Walking track which is 5.3km taking 2.3 hrs, both walks start from the Meville Caves Picnic Area

Watch out for snakes which are more active in spring, summer and autumn. If you see a snake, stand still and don’t panic. Snakes nearly always move away when they feel footstep vibrations.
The area is prone to Bushfires in warmer months. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. For up to date information on bushfires in Victoria call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226, download the VicEmergency app, visit or tune into a local radio station. Check the forecast fire danger before leaving home. Consider not visiting forest or bushland on stormy days or days of high bushfire risk.

How to get there

Melville Caves Picnic Area (Kooyoora State Park)



Need to know

Melville Caves Picnic Area (Kooyoora State Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No firearms allowed
  • No drones without a permit
  • No camping
  • No horses


  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery rocks
    • Uneven ground
  • Other warnings
    • Limbs may fall take care

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.

Kooyoora State Park - Closed

Kooyoora State Park is closed until further notice due to damage sustained to the road network during the rainfall events over the past few months. All efforts are being made to open the park as soon as possible. Parks Victoria and the local Rangers thank you for your understanding and patience. 

This park has been impacted by recent significant weather events

This park has been impacted by significant flood and/or storm events and some areas may be closed or restricted. Check the Storm and Flood Affected Parks page for the most up to date information on this location.

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