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Studley Park Boathouse and Picnic Area

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Historic Studley Park Boathouse, Kew, is only 10 minutes from the city centre and offers visitors the opportunity to dine in the restaurant, relax over a lighter meal in the indoor/outdoor café, or have a light snack from the kiosk while enjoying sweeping views of the Yarra River and natural bushland. You can also hire row boats, canoes and kayaks from the oldest operating boathouse in Australia or become a ClimateWatcher and help contribute to our scientific understanding of how climate change is affecting our wildlife.

Opening Hours

Open for breakfast 9.00 am -11.00 am on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

Also open for afternoon teas and lunches daily from 12.00 pm.

Contact Details

Boathouse Road
Kew, Victoria, 3101.

The Restaurant (03) 9853 1828
Boathouse Cafe (03) 9853 8707
Kiosk Boathire (03) 9853 1972
Fax: (03) 9853 9694

Website Address:

Accessibility Information

Picnic Facilities

The path from the car park to the picnic area is sealed and is approximately 65 metres long and descending. Some sections may require assistance as the gradient ranges from 1:8 to 1:10.

Studley Park path from carpark
Sealed path from the carpark to the picnic area

The picnic area has two picnic shelters.

The one closest to the boathouse has four picnic tables on a level concrete slab.

Studley Park picnic area
Studley Park picnic area with shelter

One of these tables has a roll under end feature. A shelter support pole inhibits access to one end of the table with the roll under end feature.

Park picnic table with overhang
The pole inhibits access to the roll under end feature of the picnic table

Two of the picnic tables around the shelter have overhangs big enough to fit most wheelchairs and are on a level concrete slab.

Studley Park picnic shelter
Picnic table with overhang and concrete slab

The electric barbecues adjacent to the closest shelter are on a level semi-smooth surface and are easy to access from the picnic shelter.

Studley Park barbecue
Electric barbecue close to the picnic shelter

The second picnic shelter near the information shelter is less accessible compared to the other. It has picnic tables on a level solid surface but neither of the tables have a roll under end feature. Access to this shelter is over a sloped lawn area or via an uneven compacted dirt path.

Picnic shelter near information shelter
Picnic area near the information shelter

The park Information shelter is accessible for most strollers and wheelchairs.

Studley Park information shelter

There is a wide, sealed path in the picnic area that is reasonably level in most sections with some gentle slopes in some sections.

Sealed path Studley Park
The wide, sealed path is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers

Studley Park Boathouse and Café

The lower path to the boathouse and café is the most accessible. The café is spacious and the surface area is sealed and level. There are a number of tables with removable chairs so wheelchairs can fit.

Studley Park boathouse and cafe

Boathouse path

Studley Park boathouse seating area

Bushland Circuit Trail

This 850 metre loop walk, beginning on the Studley Park picnic area side of the river at Kane’s Bridge, is accessible for most strollers and wheelchairs.

Bushland Circuit Trail bridge
The accessible Bushaland Circuit Trail from Studley Park picnic area

The trail surface is made up of compacted fine gravel dirt and is mostly wide and even.

Bushland Circuit Trail compacted gravel
Compacted surface of the Bushalnd Circuit Trail

In some track sections there is a small slope of approx 1:12. There are plenty of rest stops along the walk. Rest benches are approximately 100 metres apart.

Bushland Circuit Trail
Bushland Circuit Trail 

Kane’s Bridge – access across the Yarra River

There are sealed paths leading to the pedestrian bridge across the Yarra River from both ends. The path on the opposite side of the Studley Park picnic area has a gradient of approximately 1:12 and leads to a car park.

Sealed path to Kanes Bridge
Sealed path on the opposite side of the river from the Studley Park picnic area

The bridge is approximately 1.8 metres wide and the decking consists of timber beams with two centimetre gaps making it difficult for walking frames, small wheeled strollers and wheelchairs to go over.

Kanes Bridge
Kane's Bridge

  • Studley Park Carpark Accessibility Information There are two designated disabled car parks close to the Studley Park picnic area and boathouse. Designated disabled parking space The parking area is sealed and is well…

  • Studley Park Toilets Accessibility Information There is a single toilet block adjacent to the car park with a designated unisex accessible toilet facility. Studley Park picnic area unisex accessible toilet There are grab…