Cardinia Reservoir Park has an ideal family friendly atmosphere combined with brilliant scenery and a real sense of connection with flora and fauna. The park is well known for its Eastern Grey Kangaroos which arrive at dusk or early in the morning to feed on the grass or laze about in the sun. The park is perfect for strollers, joggers, bike riders or just walking admiring the stunning scenery from the lookouts situated around the park.
Perfect for children, the Crystal Brook picnic area has a fairly new and impressive playground surrounded by open grasslands, great for a picnic or to kick the footie on. There are numerous covered barbeque areas and seating. Kids, adults and teenagers can be found on a sunny day relaxing under the trees, flying kites, playing music or throwing a Frisbee.
Kangaroo Flat has a smaller picnic area equipped with barbecues, shelter and picnic tables but does not contain toilets or close parking spots. The wetlands can be accessed from Kangaroo Flat picnic area along the Tea Tree Trail, where one can watch native birds in their natural habitat. From this picnic area the Messmate Trail can be accessed, a kilometre of wide and relatively flat trail. The walk along the dam wall provides a spectacular view not only of the park but the surrounding district. It takes about an hour to walk across and back and many people choose to cycle along the flat wall.
There are many car parks which can still get quite busy during school holidays and weekends. For disabled visitors Crystal Brook picnic area is the best equipped area in the park, with disabled car parking, ramps and a toilet with disabled facilities. For those who want to visit Duffy's picnic area are currently unable to due to severe damaging winds.
There are two entrances, the most well known is the main gate on Cardinia Creek Road which can be accessed from Wellington Road, the other which is less known is the gate from Red Hill Road. The park is open from the main gate 9am till 8pm and from Red Hill Road gate 9am till 5pm. A road conveniently loops around the whole park, which is quite a scenic drive if you don't have the time for a walk. The two best views of the reservoir dam are from the first car park from Red Hill road and the Lookout car park.
Please do not feed the kangaroos and stay a safe distance from them. No bins are provided so please take your rubbish home with you. Portable gas barbeques are allowed in the park, and no barbeques can be lit on a total fire ban day. For those who have a dog, it must be kept on a leash at all times and is not allowed along the dam wall or Kangaroo Viewing Trail.
Cardinia Reservoir Park is a fantastic park to explore or relax in, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. It has a wonderful atmosphere and is great for children. When visiting the park, many visitors choose to bring their family and friends. Viewing the huge expanses of water, open parkland and natural environment at its finest just highlights why Cardinia Reservoir Park is one of Melbourne's most popular tourist destinations.