Kangaroo viewing at Cardinia Reservoir & Crystal Brook Park
Kangaroo spotting, a great playground, BBQ’s with wood provided and a pretty bushwalk, Crystal Brook Park is an unexpected surprise and a super family day out, dog-friendly too. The walk along the reservoir wall takes 1-hour return, though dogs are not allowed on this section of the park. Walkers can also go one-way on the wall and return via walking tracks.
The park offers well-made tracks that are pram friendly, the bush trails are able to be navigated with a pram that is designed for rougher terrain though it does involve some uphill and downhill sections that can become eroded.
Kangaroos are here by the hundreds, though it is possible to believe that to be a myth as some days the ‘roos are hard to spot. Early morning and before dusk is generally the best time to see them grazing.
Crystal Brook Park
Access to the park and reservoir is from Wellington Road.
- Messmate Track is approximately 3 km’s | 1 hour on a circuit walk.
- The reserve is open from dawn till dusk, do check these times though as they can vary.
- Dogs must be on-lead at all times and are not allowed on the reservoir wall or kangaroo viewing trail.
- Plenty of parking areas.
- Toilets are at the Crystal Brook area near the playground.
- Wood burning BBQ’s are for public use with wood provided in nearby bins. BBQ’s are not to be used on fire-ban days.
- The open grassy areas do get soggy in winter months, but paths are firm.
- Download the Parks Victoria Notes.
From the Crystal Brook parking area simply walk across the parkland to join the trail from either end in the forest.
The walk passes through messmate forest and onto a ridge at Duffy’s picnic area and then down again to the open grass area.
Crystal Brook Park, playground, toilets and wood burning BBq’s. Messmate Trail is through the bushland beyond.
Eastern Grey Kangaroos.
Messmate Trail, passing through Tea-trees. Another trail named ‘Tea Tree Trail’ leads off further up Messmate Track.
Over a bridge and there is a viewing area looking over a small pond.
Through the Messmate forest…
Duffy’s Picnic Area, no access for vehicles. A lovely spot to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea perhaps.
Heading down from Duffy’s picnic area. The trail is not difficult though needs some care when walking as it can be a little slippery.
View across to Crystal Brook and the playground with the reservoir wall looming in the background.