Doon Reserve Caravan Park in the Yarra Valley

Set on the banks of the Yarra River, Doon Reserve is the perfect location to camp or caravan whilst exploring the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges or to simply relax. It is a delightful setting with gumtrees, the sound of the river, ducks wandering around and plenty of things to see and do locally… or not do… Doon Reserve is the sort of caravan park that can easily entice campers to just stay put and enjoy.

Doon Reserve is one of the closest camping sites to the Dandenong Ranges, around 35 minutes drive and you can be in Olinda. As we do not have any caravan parks in the Dandenongs, Doon Reserve is an ideal base to camp and explore the Dandenong Ranges National Park and the Yarra Valley with wineries galore, Healesville Sanctuary, bushwalking tracks, bike trails, and so much more.

The caravan park has a number of good, clean, amenity blocks, campers are never too far away from these necessities. They also provide a basic camp kitchen and outside BBQs with tables and a handy playground for the kids.

Being on the Yarra River is one of the major attractions, the sound of the running water and the chance to hang up your car keys and relax or launch an inflatable and glide down the river with the kids. There is easy access to the river, the park is set on a bend in the river and campers can launch at one spot then get out a few minutes later with a short walk back across to the starting point. Fabulous fun.

Bike Riding or Walking from Doon Reserve

The Warburton Rail trail can be easily accessed from Doon Reserve, so bring the bikes and cruise into Warburton or in the Lilydale direction. We stayed here recently and simply rode into nearby Millgrove and around the back streets, exploring the little town and following a path along the river before returning on the Warbie Trail via Yarra Junction with a stop into the local supermarket for supplies.

From Millgrove, ride (or drive) up the rather steep Dee Road to join the O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail and enjoy spectacular views and another terrific riding or walking option.

This video shows the ride to Millgrove via Settlement Road, it gets very busy late afternoon, it’s advisable to ride up Corduroy Rd to join the Warbie Trail, less than 1 km.
Doon Reserve to Warburton Rail Trail – less than 1km
Millgrove to O’Shannassy Aqueduct Trail via Dee Road.

The more adventurous amongst us could catch the train to Lilydale with bikes and camping gear and ride to Doon Reserve or hire a bike in Lilydale from Ride Time Yarra Valley and head off…

Other things to do nearby

  • Visit the Dandenongs!
  • Drive up Mt Donna Buang and climb the lookout tower for 360 degree views, across the Victorian High Country and all the way to Melbourne.
  • See giant Lotus flowers at the Blue Lotus Farm (seasonal)
  • Wineries of the Yarra Valley and Upper Yarra Valley – How about doing a guided winery tour with your pooch?

Booking a site at Doon Reserve

Go to the Doon Reserve website to find more details and book a powered or un-powered site. Enjoy an escape to the Yarra Valley.

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