The 33-hectare BirrarungPark is situated at the confluence of Yarra and Plenty rivers in Templestowe Lower. Yarra River and its open space are Melbourne’s most valuable natural assets. The name Birrarung is derived from the aboriginal name for Yarra River, ‘Bay rayrung’ meaning river of mists. Stone chips, flakes and axe heads found in this area was an indication that this used to be a meeting place of aborigines.
The park has an adventure playground, open space, trails and bushland most suitable for walkers and joggers. There are large picnic areas with shelters, seatings and wood fired BBQ facilities. Visitors are allowed to bring gas BBQs.
Birrarung Loop Trail
This 1.4km loop trail will take around 20 minutes and is popular with cyclists, walkers and joggers. This is a sealed flat loop trail suitable for wheelchairs.
Primarily classified as ‘Riparian Floodplain woodland’, this landscape provides habitat for possums and gliders. This remains a good area for birdwatching with rare birds like Australasian Bittern and Azure Kingfisher are spotted here along with more common Australian bird species.
This area was prone to floods, so early settlers didn’t not turn it into permanent agriculture land instead used it for cattle grazing and dairying. Birrarung Park was opened to public in 1984.
Visitors can take their dogs to this park though there are no dog off-leash areas in the park. Banksia Park which is just 2.5km has a dog off-leash area.
Address: Templestowe Road, Bulleen
Birrarung Park has : Wood BBQs, Picnic shelters, Wheel chair accessible toilets, picnic tables, children’s playground, Drinking fountain, sealed road, car park, Walking tracks, wetland/swamp.
The Park has 2.8 kilometres of flat sealed trails suitable for skating, cycling and walking.
Vehicle entry to the park is from 6am to 6pm and on daylight savings upto 9pm. Cyclists and walkers can access the park at any time. Dogs are permitted but no dog off-lead areas at the park.