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Maroondah Reservoir Park

Beautiful place with forest walking trails and incredible views over the Maroondah lake catchment. Family and kids friendly park outside of Melbourne.
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Beautiful scenery and nature
Family friendly walking trails
Lovely picnic spots and BBQs
Lots of open space for active kids activities
From $ 0 AUD

Maroondah Reservoir Park is a picturesque park with great walking trails overlooking the lake and in the forest. Explore the beautiful nature, enjoy the views over Maroondah catchment lake. The park is located about 65km east of Melbourne. Kids will love this park and the whole family will have a fun day out.


The Maroondah water catchment was built between 1920 and 1927 and is still in use today. In the gardens you will find historical domed style valve houses that date back to the 1920s.

Walking trails

For a shorter but steeper walk, you can take the Maroondah Forest Track. For a more challenging, longer walk, you continue to the Henderson’s Hill Track for an extra 1.4km walk.

The Lookout Track will get you up to the dam wall for stunning views of the lake. The Rose Steps going up to the top of the dam wall are perfect for some cardio exercise, or you can take the circular track up instead.

Picnics and BBQs

There are many great picnic spots: rotundas, benches and tables, as well as 6 BBQs facilities.

Other kids activities

There's also lots of open space to run around, throw a ball or frisbee, and other kids activities. You can bring a board game to play while enjoying sitting outside in nature.

Unfortunately the Maroondah Reserve Playground is closed indefinitely.


There's plenty of free parking spots available. There are public toilets on site, but there's no soap so bring your own soap or hand sanitiser. The gates to the park close at 8pm so leave before then to avoid fines.


Maroondah Reservoir Park has wheelchair / disabled parking spots reserved. There is an accessible toilet. There are some flat gravel walking trails leading up to the toilets, historical valve houses and the dam wall. These are suitable for prams, strollers and potentially wheelchairs.

Assistance dogs are welcome but other dogs are not allowed on the forest walking trails and on the dam wall (The Lookout Track).

School Holidays Tips

Bring a hat and sunscreen especially on sunny days as it gets quite hot. Bring along a picnic and a blanket to sit on the grass, or on a table in the forest. Don't forget a camera to take photos of the views on the bridge and of the gorgeous historical valve houses.