The Upper Yarra Reservoir Park is a great location for camping (fees apply). Bookings are essential; call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or book online.Facilities
- BBQ & picnic are available
- The wet weather hall provides sheltered seating, electric barbecues and hot water.
- Be self-sufficient with drinking water.Hikes
- The Brimbonga Walking Track takes you to a viewing platform of the reservoirs outlet basin
- The Fern Gully self-guided trail loops through a forest with tall eucalypt and a dense forest. Keep an eye out for
- Be sure to keep a look out for the abundance of wildlife in the park. There are a number of species including Rosellas, King Parrots and LyrebirdsDogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash at all times. Please note that dogs are not permitted along the forested Fern Gully Walking Trail
The park is open every day of the year. Automated gates open at 8:30 am and close at 5:00 pm from April to October and 6:00 pm from November to March.
Woods Point Road
Victoria, Australia. View Map
The Upper Yarra Reservoir is in a Bush Fire Prone area and caution should be taken on days of Total Fire Ban. Check the CFA Website and monitor the governments emergency response website for fire warnings.
History of the Upper Yarra Reservoir
In 1946 the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works approved the construction of the Upper Yarra Reservoir. This is now the third largest of Melbourne’s water storage reservoirs. It has a capacity of 200,000 megalitres.
Construction began in 1949 with and the Reservoir was not completed until 1957. The reservoir is filled by water from the surrounding forested catchments. It also receives water diverted by an underground connecting tunnel from the mighty Thomson Reservoir.
This reservoir channels water from underground pipelines to the Silvan Reservoir in the Dandenong Ranges and from there to reservoirs all over Melbourne.
|Upper Yarra Reservoir in winter|