A stroll along the dramatic dam wall is the feature of this walk but lovely Edna Walling style landscaping is another feature of Maroondah Reservoir Park, just out of Healesville.
A perfect place for picnics, relaxing walks and dramatic photos, the Maroondah Reservoir Park is a short drive or walk from the Healesville township.
Its gardens are a mix of Edna Walling style paved exotics and native plantings but the highlight is a walk along the 41-metre high dam wall, with its fantastic views of the native forest, the huge reservoir and a curious sun dial!
The playground, lawns and cool summer shade make it a popular picnic destination in warmer months. But don't bypass the area in winter when brooding skies appear romantic rather than dampening!
Maroondah Reservoir Park is also a great place for a history lesson about Melbourne's water supply. The reservoir and dam was constructed during the 1920s and this walk takes you to 'The Lookout' where you can find out much more about the history.
The park was assessed for accessibility in early 2012. Detailed information and photos are available by clicking on the 'Find Out More' link above.
Things to note
The park gates open during daylight hours so plan your trip accordingly.
DOGS are allowed but must be on-leash at all times and are only allowed on the Maroondah Highway side of the park / dam.
** Dogs are not permitted on the dam wall or on the lookout side of the park.
Take this exit from the highway and follow the road down to the top car park to begin your walk.
Take time to wander the paths, explore the pavilions and climb some trees!
The spectacular rose stairway is on the way to the dam wall. Lined with exotic plantings it's at its best in Autumn. Dogs are permitted on this side of the wall and park. Thanks Alice for the photo!
This is a good place to appreciate the function of the dam wall as some water come through here and there is also an historic valve house.
Make your way back to the path that takes you up to the dam wall. Near the beginning of the wall a peek over the left side will afford you a great view of this sun dial planting. More info in link.
Our version of the Great Wall? It may not be a long wall, but it's still impressive! Please note dogs are NOT permitted on the wall.
As close as we'll get to the Great Wall of China?!
At the end of the wall follow the track around and up to the lookout through the eucalyptus forest (a sign points the way).
Take the time while up at the lookout to read the information panels explaining Maroondah Reservoir's role in Melbourne's greater water catchment scheme.