Churchill National Park
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Churchill National Park, located in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs, remains an example of the original landscape found in the region before clearing and settlement took place. Although most of the park is open regrowth woodland, there are small areas of original forest.
The park offers excellent recreational opportunities including walking, trail running, cycling and picnicking. There is a wide range of native wildlife which can be easily spotted such as Eastern Grey Kangaroos and echidnas.
Pedestrians and cyclists can access Churchill National Park 24 hours a day. The Churchill National Park Picnic Area is open seven days a week from 10:30am to 4:00pm. Vehicles can exit the park after hours via one-way spikes.
The main entrance to Churchill National Park is off Churchill Park Drive (Melway 82 C11).
Things to see and do
Churchill National Park offers excellent opportunities for walking, trail running and wildlife viewing, catering for all ages and abilities. Many of the walking tracks can be linked by management vehicle tracks in Lysterfield Park to provide longer day walks.
Visitors to the park may be lucky enough to spot parrots, honeyeaters, wrens, thornbills, grebes, pelicans, cockatoos, wallabies and kangaroos.
Cyclists can follow Lysterfield Hills Track to connect into Lysterfield Park to ride the State Mountain Bike Course and associated mountain bike trail system. A mountain bike trailhead is provided at Lysterfield Park’s main entrance off Horswood Road.
There are a number of planned walking routes below to suit all visitors.
For the more adventurous, a 6.4km walk (including return to the carpark) takes you up to Trig Point Lookout to enjoy spectacular 360° views of Melbourne. From the carpark at Churchill National Park, walk along Channel Track and continue along when it becomes Stonemasons Track and Lysterfield Hills Track. This track will lead you straight to the top of the hill.
Churchill National Park has a small picnic area with barbecue facilities (gas and electric), a picnic shelter, picnic tables and toilets.
Please note there is no off-road vehicle access, and all vehicles must park in designated parking bays. There are no camping facilities at this park.
Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the park.
Dogs are permitted at the adjacent Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria