Parks and Gardens



 WILSON BOTANIC PARK -  BERWICK - Melways  111  B6   

Princes Highway, Berwick.

Open Hours -  7 days a week  7.a.m.  to  5.p.m.
Daylight Savings - 7 a.m.  to 8 p.m.

Wilson Botanic Park - Berwick 

Located at the foot of the Dandenong's, the 39 hectares of parkland offers spectacular land forms including sheer rock walls, native and exotic gardens and viewpoints presenting stunning vistas of the park and its surrounds.

Walking trails have been established throughout the park and visitors may wish to observe the wide array of birdlife from the hide overlooking Basalt Lake.  

The Park offers wonderful passive leisure opportunities to relax and take time out with barbeque facilities provided near the lakeside lawn and the children’s playground. 

The magnificent amphitheatre is the site for various music and cultural events throughout the summer, including the popular Jazz and Swing evenings.    

Park open daily 7am–5pm (7am–8pm daylight saving)

Visitors Centre opens daily 10am – 4pm
Except Christmas Day & Good Friday. 
Opening hours may vary due to special events.

Admission free (except during special events where fees apply).

Facilities:  Lakeside picnic lawn, children’s playground, electric BBQ’s, rotundas, toilets and a Visitors Centre.



Lysterfield Lake Park is one of the most valuable recreation and conservation areas close to Melbourne. 

As well as a beautiful spot to visit it offers opportunities for horse riding, walking cycling, swimming and boating.

Parks Victoria publish a pamphlet relating to the park, tel: 131 963

Parks Victoria information on Lysterfield Lake Park
Parks Victoria information on Lysterfield Lake Park Cycling





1000 Ballarto Road, Cranbourne via the Sth. Gippsland Hwy.

Opening Hours - Monday to Sunday 9 am to 5 pm, except Good Friday, Christmas Day and during total fire ban

One of Victoria's most precious areas of native bushland. 363 hectares of nature lovers untouched heathlands, wetlands and woodlands. Thriving bird and animal life.

Over 350 species of plant species indigenous to the area providing a variety of habitat for animals. A diversity of ecosystems occur on the one site.

Free parking, picnic area with table and free gas BBQ's, walking tracks and a look-out  tower, toilets with disabled access.

Book a one hour guided tour or a 20 minute introductory walk.

No dogs allowed.

 CARDINIA PARK RESERVOIR         15 minutes from Berwick

The open parklands, picnic areas and native bushland abound with wildlife and natural flora.

  •  Have a picnic among the trees
  • Watch the eastern grey kangaroos feeding at dawn or dusk or basking in the sun.

Panoramic views from many lookouts and vantage points

Picnic at Crystal Brook, Duffy's & Kangaroo Flat

The bushland changes with the seasons.  Stringybarks (some with drooping mistletoe), swamp gums, blackwoods and the understorey of shrubby hakea, teatree and flowering plants. There is a wetland conservation area near Crystal Brook.

Fauna -      


Kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas, wombats & reptiles.
Parrots and honeyeaters & less common, wedge-tailed eagles 

Hours Open
8:30- 4pm in the winter months
8:30- 8pm in the summer months
Open 7 days

Contact the Parks & Gardens Department on 03 97968333

 AURA VALE PARK LAKE - 10 Minutes from Berwick - Melway 126 C4

Aura Vale Lake forms part of a diverse drainage system designed to channel runoff water from the developed areas of the southern fringe of the Emerald ridge. This system prevents polluted water from entering Cardinia Reservoir and affecting the quality of our drinking water. 

Things to Do:
- Have a picnic or barbecue. 
- The lake has become a popular venue for boating activities such as sail boarding, canoeing and small sail boats up to 3.3 metres.


Aura Vale Lake Park has two areas you can visit: 
- Henley Picnic Area off Wellington Road and Bobs Picnic Area which is accessed from Aura Vale Road. 

A boat launching ramp is located near Henley Picnic Area. 

Free gas barbecues are provided near the car park in Bobs Picnic Area. 

Toilets are located at Henley and Bobs picnic areas. 

Visitors with disabilities are catered for in Bobs Picnic Area. Ramped paths provide access to the barbecue, picnic areas and toilet facilities. 

Groups of 50 or more people require a permit from the park office. Permits are available up to six months in advance.