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Things to Do – Cardinia Reservoir Park

You may have seen my recent question on Facebook about which Australian animal most appropriately represents your town. Of course, you may not have, too! Well, what’s that got to do with anything? Not much, except we have some really good places in the Shire to see some of the abundance of our native fauna.
Cardinia Reservoir Park is one of those places, and one of Melbourne’s most popular outdoor destinations. It can be accessed from Red Hill Road or Wellington Road (see Google Maps image below).
Cardinia Reservoir Park - Google Map

Cardinia Reservoir Park – Google Map


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Cardinia Reservoir Park Visit Victoria

Cardinia Reservoir Park Image Copyright Visit Victoria

There are two viewing areas for the reservoir, both of which offer amazing views over the water and surrounding area. Additionally there are three picnic areas – Duffy’s Lookout Picnic Area, Kangaroo Flat Picnic Area and Crystal Brook Picnic Area. Crystal Brook is the only one with a BBQ, so you might wish to bring your own portable if so inclined. These are allowed to be used only on designated gravel areas, and never on Total Fire Ban days. Please check weather conditions before visiting.

Cardinia Reservoir Park Parks Victoria

Cardinia Reservoir Park Image Copyright Parks Victoria

Dogs are permitted on leads only at the Park – with the exception of the Kangaroo Viewing trail – a 700 metre walk one way, which provides information about the kangaroo as you progress. ‘Roos are most likely to be seen early morning or late afternoon, but again, feeding them is not allowed, and you are strongly advised to stay at a safe distance.

For a longer walk, you could try the Tea Tree Trail, which is about 2.5 km one way. This walk runs from Duffy’s Lookout to the Observation Carpark, and signs provide information on native local flora and fauna.All picnic areas have access and toilets for visitors with limited mobility.

Please be aware that the Cardinia reservoir Park is in the heart of bush fire territory, and weather conditions should be checked prior to visiting. Always be prepared.

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