• Kangaroo Viewing, Melbourne

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.

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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.

WALK NOTES:

  • 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.

Messmate Track

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.

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Crystal Brook Park, playground, toilets and wood burning BBq’s. Messmate Trail is through the bushland beyond.

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Eastern Grey Kangaroos.

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Messmate Trail, passing through Tea-trees. Another trail named ‘Tea Tree Trail’ leads off further up Messmate Track.

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Over a bridge and there is a viewing area looking over a small pond.

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Through the Messmate forest…

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Duffy’s Picnic Area, no access for vehicles. A lovely spot to enjoy lunch or afternoon tea perhaps.

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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.

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View across to Crystal Brook and the playground with the reservoir wall looming in the background.

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By |2018-09-07T07:54:23+00:00June 18th, 2018|Walking Trails|

10 Comments

  1. Mo December 29, 2017 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Hi Jane, we’d like to visit the Cardinia to spot kangaroos on 1st of Jan. Sunset is around 9:45pm. What time range you think is good for spotting? Thank you so much in advance.

    • Jane December 29, 2017 at 7:18 am - Reply

      Hello Mo, The gates will close just before dusk but the kangaroos will usually be out feeding on the grass in the late afternoon and evening for sure. They are often around at other times too, just depends on the weather.

  2. Lech September 29, 2017 at 7:03 am - Reply

    We visited Cardinia Reserve last Wednesday. We spotted just 3 kangaroos. I remember in 2013 there were dozens of them between Crystal Brook playground and the dam.
    Have they been relocated to some other place?
    Another minor point – there was no woodfire barbeque. This is OK, gas ones was working very well. Just updating.

    • Jane September 29, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      Hi Lech, It may have been the time of day perhaps. Late or early in the day is generally the best time of the day to see them. They have not been relocated as far as I know. I must check what has happened with the wood BBQ’s, thanks for letting me know. I’ll go over and have a look as they had a number of the wood fired BBQ’s throughout the picnic areas.

  3. ROBYN TULLY May 24, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

    CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE TOTAL KMS ON THE KANGAROO TRAIL TRACK IF YOU FOLLOW IT RIGHT THROUGH UP TO TEA TREE TRAIL AND BACK DOWN AROUND MESSMATE TRAIL THEN TRACK BACK ALONG CARDINA CREEK AND AROUND BACK TO KANGAROO VIEW. MY SON HAS TO ORGANISE A CUB HIKE FOR 5KMS TO GO TOWARDS HIS GREY WOLF AWARD. WOULD THIS BE 5KMS AND GOOD HIKE FOR 8 CUBS TO DO IN TWO HOURS APPROX. OR COULD YOU LET ME KNOW THE BEST WAY TO FOLLOW THE TRACK NEEDING TO BE 5KMS APPROX OVER PERIOD OF TO HOURS.
    APPRECIATE YOU HELP
    THANKS ROBYN

    • Editor May 24, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Hi Robyn, As the main track detailed in this post is 3 km’s, I’d think extending it up to the kangaroo viewing area and back to the car park or playground area would add a couple of km’s, making it a good hike for the kids. I live on the other side of the Dandenongs or I’d pop in and check for you. Maybe if you can go in beforehand and use an app to measure the distance or even drive up the road to the viewing area to see how far it is?

      • ROBYN TULLY May 26, 2017 at 12:26 am - Reply

        Thank you for your reply appreciated. Will go and have a look this weekend.

        • Editor May 26, 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

          No problem, I hope the walk goes well for the kids.

  4. Dianne Harris June 7, 2016 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Thanks for great information look forward to visit!!

    • Jane June 8, 2016 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Enjoy your visit when you go, Di!

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