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Lysterfield Lake Park (Narre Warren North)

Lysterfield Lake Park is a beautiful spot to visit and it offers opportunities for walking, horseriding, cycling, swimming and boating.

Things to do:
  • Relax and have lunch in the picnic ground under the shade of the spotted gums.
  • Take one of the many walks available that range from half an hour to all day. Enjoy panoramic views of Westernport and Port Phillip to the west and south, and Dandenong Ranges to the north.
  • Take a refreshing swim in one of two protected swimming bays with sandy beaches.
  • Go sailing on the protected waters of the 82 ha lake. Non-powered boating is permitted at Lysterfield but controls have been introduced to protect shallow waterbird habitat and swimmers' safety in the lake. Boats are excluded from zones in the northern and eastern extremities of the lake, these areas being marked by a line of buoys. Sailing (in monohull boats up to 5 metres and multi-hull boats up to 4.3 metres), canoeing, rowing and sailboarding are permitted. Life jackets or buoyancy vests must be worn at all times. Model boating is also allowed but only non-powered craft can be used.
  • Cycling is a good way to take in the many features of Lysterfield in the shortest possible time. Restrictions to cyclists only apply on a small number of walking tracks. Lysterfield Park has over 20kms of trails that suit a range of ages and skill levels. Popular to those with mountain bikes, is the 6.3km State Mountain Bike Course used for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

  • There are two swimming bays. Both of these have a gradual increase in water depth and are surrounded by sand along the shore. For your safety, no hard craft are allowed in these bays and glass is not permitted on the beaches.
  • Boat trailer parking, boat launching and rigging zone and shower block/change rooms are available. There are two picnic areas along the lake shore and both have toilets, picnic tables and free electric barbecues.
  • There are extensive tracks for walking and cycling. Maps of the park are available at the park office or the park entrance station.
  • The horseriding area to the east of the lake is open during summer.
  • Facilities in the picnic ground such as tables, toilets and paths have been designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
  • A bird hide at the northern end of the picnic ground allows views of a variety of the waterbirds that visit Lysterfield.
  • Baby changing facilities

Lysterfield Lake was once a storage reservoir for the Mornington Peninsula from 1936, until it was no longer required for water supply due to the opening of Cardinia Reservoir in 1975. During the period up to 1965, farmland adjacent to the lake was acquired by the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission to protect the quality of the water. As a Bicentennial project in the early 1980's facilities were developed in the park to cater for a variety of recreation activities. The park was opened to the public in November 1986.

Lysterfield Lake Park provides a diverse range of habitats and as such is a valuable wildlife refuge. The list of bird species recorded is about 140. Of these, 37 are waterbirds and include common species such as Eurasian Coots and Eastern Swamphens to the uncommon visitors such as Japanese Snipe and Red-necked Avocet. Amongst the fauna, Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Black Wallabies are readily seen whilst Koalas, antechinus and echidnas are much harder to find. At night the park comes alive with Brushtail and Ringtail Possums, Sugar Gliders and various species of bats and owls.

Lysterfield Lake Park consists of approximately one third remnant vegetation and two thirds plantation. Within these areas about 300 plant species have been recorded. Some of the overstorey species native to the area include Yellow Box, Narrow-leaved Peppermint, Stringybark, Manna Gum, River Red Gum, Swamp Gum and Long-leaved Box. There are eight plantation types in the park. They are River Red Gum, Southern Mahogany, Spotted Gum, Swamp Gum, Blue Gum, Forest Red Gum, Long-leaved Box and Sugar Gum.

Looking After the Park
  • Please take your rubbish with you.
  • Dogs and cats are not permitted.
  • All native plants and animals are protected.
  • Leave the park as you find it.
  • Cyclists are not permitted to create new tracks, ride through bush or ride on tracks, other than those designated for mountain bike riding. Cyclists must take note of signs restricting access for bicycles to some tracks, and must be wary of walkers and wildlife on tracks at all times. Tracks closed to cyclists display a "No Bikes" symbol.

Opening Hours:

Lysterfield Lake Park is open every day of the year. The park opens at 8:30am every day, but closing times vary according to daylight savings. For up to date information on park closing times call the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963.





Pleasant park which most suits people who come for a BBQ and a swim in summer or ride the trails around the lake (bike rental available). The Lysterfield Park has some great mountain bike trails The beaches are not exactly golden sand, more like a gravelly sand mixture, but there is quite a decent area of beach. The water is deep so need to be vigilant. There are no rubbish bins so remember to bring a bag for your rubbish.

Address | Contact

Cnr Horswood Road and Logan Park Rd,  Narre Warren North 3804, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 13 1963
Map: 108 Ref: D2

Web Links

Link Lysterfield Lake Park

Link Lysterfield Park Mountain Bike Trails Notes

Link Churchill National Park & Lysterfield Park - Visitor Guide

Link Lysterfield Lake on Facebook

Link The Best Family Activities in the Dandenong Ranges

  Reader Feedback  

Mark Wadsley      Posted:    12:48 PM January 26, 2016

Visited the other day, people parking in the 10 min drop off for hours and people walking around with dogs. Can the idiots not read the signs. Why do they think the signs refer to them. Needs more policing for the people who do the right thing.
Pat McGaw      Posted:    11:23 AM December 14, 2013

You can't bring dogs, but motorbikes are okay, some of us prefer dogs to kids,
Just Me      Posted:    9:00 AM November 5, 2013

Regarding everyone's "why no dogs?"'s a national park. Dogs aren't permitted in any national park in Victoria. Sure, your little furbaby might be quiet & would never be taken off-lead to chase animals & you might pick their excrement up responsibly...but the next dog might not have responsible owners. There's no way to monitor it & the risk to the flora & fauna is significant enough that it's easier & worthwhile to place a blanket ban on all dogs. Lots of beautiful parks & beaches allow dogs - a quick search on Google will bring them up. But unfortunately, if you want to enjoy a national park, you'll have to leave them at home. Yes, I have a dog too. She's just fine out in the back yard at home while I spend a morning enjoying the wildlife here.
lilly      Posted:    9:31 AM September 1, 2013

Why are people so rude when explaining that dogs are not allowed in the park... lol take a breather, calm down...
CJ      Posted:    9:07 PM August 26, 2013

Oh my god take your freaking feral dogs to a dog friendly park and stop complaining, enough with the bloody whinging!!! The park is not for dogs, suck it up.
Rhi      Posted:    9:50 AM July 3, 2013

It's disappointing that no dogs are allowed yet horses and motorbikes which damage the flora and scare the fauna are. My dog is never off leash, doesn't chase wildlife and also cannot bark yet she isn't allowed up there. She's not going to damage anything or chase anyone but I still can't walk her there so there's no point going up there.
Dave      Posted:    9:30 AM April 7, 2013

It's great that the park is dog free. There's plenty of other places for dog owners to go to terrorise children and wildlife.
Lindell      Posted:    2:01 PM March 8, 2013

Who cares about the dogs. Dogs don't belong in the bush and there are so many irresponsible owners it's too risky. I love dogs too, but soon learned that travelling with one is not easy. Kids generally don't chase the wildlife and poo everywhere if they get loose. Dogs are often noisy at the worst of the middle of the night, barking at nothing much
Cindy      Posted:    9:18 AM February 23, 2013

Think its is disgraceful that well behaved dogs on leases are not allowed. There isnt even an explanation as to why.
crusader      Posted:    1:22 AM January 9, 2013

Again dog owners are penalized (& their dogs). Because I cannot have human children my dog & I are unable to enjoy a swim in any body of water in the area. My mistake-some beaches allow us to go there sometimes, in certain areas at certain times(usually not during the day). And there are also no restrictions in any area on non dog people & children sharing these areas but so many great areas for family and children. But we still pay rates and pet registration & if we live near someone who complains if our dog barks-a lot or a little-I still have to listen & put up with their loud/crying kids. I can hear the parents now-they're only kids , oh it's not the same thing, blah blah blah. Discrimination at the very least.....
Jeff Keane      Posted:    11:21 AM October 29, 2012

Why are there so many motor bike riders in the park? Today on the boundry track near Hallam North road, there was another one. A young guy on a mini bike, travelling very fast. He could easily injure or kill somebody.... And why are there no direct telephone contacts with the park office to report such issues?
Conor      Posted:    4:31 PM July 6, 2012

What's the best time to see Kangaroos? Admin - It won't be easy to find them, but early and late in the day are ususually the best.
NIcky Ogilvie      Posted:    8:12 AM June 30, 2012

Why no dogs? Such a disappointment. Now we cannot visit this seamingly beautiful park. I think as long as they are on leads and are well behaved, I don't see a problem. Any feedback?
nicko      Posted:    12:35 PM February 26, 2012

Are you allowed to water ski on this lake? Admin - No, powered boating is not allowed.
Leanne      Posted:    11:25 PM February 3, 2012

I visited today and my son enjoyed his swim but there was also a dog swimming nearby and as we walked along the foreshore we noticed all the rubbish including a nappy left at the water's edge. As it says above ***Look after the Park*** - take your rubbish home & no dogs allowed!! Maybe Lysterfield Lake Park can be added to and we can all go & clean the Park on Sunday 4 March 2012.
B      Posted:    12:11 PM January 20, 2012

B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!! it is totally nice and calm with loads of fun thins to do! biking, swimming (which is my favourite)botin walking it is totally the best park in the history of the world and I am totally happy that the biking tracks are back!
bro      Posted:    6:21 PM October 29, 2011

Choice park bro! Bring your jandles and chilli bin.
Abi V      Posted:    11:22 AM January 29, 2011

I love this park. It's a great place to get together and hang out.

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