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Yan Yean Reservoir Park

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Published May 28th 2014
Recently, I went on the RSPCA Million Paws Walk. Rather than join a crowded walk around the familiar scene of Albert Park Lake, I signed up for the closer option of Whittlesea.

As a result, I luckily stumbled upon this precious gem of a park in the northern suburbs.

Yan Yean Reservoir Park
A relaxing area, not far from the car park area

I'm glad that I did, because the surrounds and scenery of Yan Yean Reservoir Park was refreshingly different, and provided a pleasant surprise.

The car park area is very spacious. A little bridge leads you across a sadly empty waterway, to the luscious greenery and shelters. This would be a great place for a picnic or a relaxing day in the sun.

Yan Yean Reservoir Park
A spacious area full of fresh air

This day wasn't specifically sunny, but the park was still beautiful. As you can see above, there's a clearly laid out path that you can take to walk around the park. It's only about two kilometres, so a good length for a dog walk and not too tiring.

Yan Yean Reservoir Park
Green scenes at the park

On a normal day, dogs are permitted in the park however all rubbish must be taken home with you, so don't forget to clean up after your pup.

Conveniently, there are toilet facilities and even a little playground if you would like to take your kids for a day out too. In addition to this there are BBQ facilities. For a full map plus facilities, click here.

Yan Yean Reservoir Park
Stunning views of the reservoir

It's a great place to admire the reservoir views that you will reach about midway during your walk along the path. The mountains give the landscape a lovely shape, whilst the reservoir glistens no matter if there is sunny or foggy weather.

Yan Yean Reservoir Park
Panorama shot doesn't do this place justice!

I'm not sure why I never heard of this park or realised this beauty wasn't far from my local area. It is a little further out, but this means there is a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

Yan Yan Reservoir Park
The easy-to-follow path

A fun fact, is that this reservoir was Melbourne's first ever reservoir. This makes the fact that the park is nearby feel even more special.

Yan Yean Reservoir Park
View through the wired fence

The park is open every day from 9am-5pm and 9am-6pm during daylight savings. If you're around the area or driving past, I'd definitely recommend that you drop by, take a stroll and take in the views.
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Why? To admire Melbourne's first reservoir and it's surroundings
When: Open daily 9am-5pm, 9am-6pm during daylight savings
Where: Yan Yean Reservoir Park is located along Recreation Road, off Arthurs Creek Rd
Cost: Free
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