Picnic Grounds & BBQ’s in the Dandenongs
Views from the Dandenongs to inspire and picnic Grounds to enjoy with friends and family.
We are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to picnic grounds in the Dandenong Ranges. Some have superb views as well as facilities for picnics and bbq’s. Almost all have walking trails that lead off into the National Park.
- Some of these parks are locked at night, check opening and closing times when entering.
- Please keep in mind that occasionally bbq facilities may be out of order in some parks. Read information regarding the use of BBQ’s on total fire ban days.
|5 Ways Kalorama |
Kalorama 5 Ways - spectacular views across to Silvan Dam and the valley from the top and BBQ's, Tables and toilets in the picnic area below. A pretty little walk through historic orchard and forsest.
|Alfred Nicholas Gardens |
Alfred Nicholas Gardens. Free to enter and plenty of lovely spots for a picnic. Steep paths down to the ornamental lake. Stunning all year, but especially in Autumn and spring.
|Aura Vale Lake |
Aura Vale lake and the Henley picnic area is a pretty spot for a picnic with tables and toilets on site. No swimming allowed as the water quality is not good enough and there is a danger of submerged branches, though sail boards and small boats up to 3.3metres are fine.
|A'Vard Picnic Area |
A'Vard is a small picnic area with a couple of tables. It is on the Sassafras to Emerald Walking Trail.
|Baynes Park, Monbulk |
Baynes Park Reserve: Picnic Grounds, tables & BBQ's. A great playground for the kids, swimming pool and toilets. The Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track passes this way.
|Beagley's Bridge, Kallista |
Beagley's Bridge Picnic Ground: A quiet picnic area generally with a few tables.
|Belgrave Lake Park |
Belgrave Lake park offers a playground as well as picnic facilities and toilets. A great little spot for families. Nearby is the Belgrave pool for an added option in hot weather.
|Cardinia Reserve |
Crystal Brook Park & Kangaroo Flat picnic areas are quite close to each other in the Cardinia Reservoir Parkland. A play ground, toilets, BBQ's and picnic tables look across open grassland where kangaroos graze. A few walks lead off through the bushland.
|Doongalla Homestead |
Doongalla Homestead - Little evidence remains of the homestead now, but the picnic grounds, open wood fire places and bush walks are well worth visiting the park for. Toilets available. No need to even drive up Mt Dandenong to access the pretty spot, but walks do lead all the way to the top!
|Eagle Nest Picnic Ground |
Eagle Nest Picnic Ground. An open grassy area with a couple of tables. Open wood fire places, but no toilets or water. Can tend to be a place where leeches are found! Walks lead off into the forest.
|Emerald Lake Park |
Emerald Park Lake is a popular destination for picnics. Tables, shelters and BBQ's available. Playground, exercise & fitness activity area, peddle boat hire, walking tracks, cafe, and Puffing Billy train platform.
Parking area does have a charge for visitors though.
|Emerald Village |
The park and playground in Emerald is a good spot for families in particular. Playground, BBQ's, tables, toilets all on site. Puffing Billy Train platform nearby too.
|Ferntree Gully Park |
Several areas to choose from for picnics in the Ferntree Gully Park
|Ferny Creek Reserve |
Ferny Creek Reserve has a few tables and open fire BBQ's plus toilets, an open field and a great little playground. Events are quite often held here, so it may not always be possible to have picnics.
Gembrook has a great little park with a skate park area, playground, BBQ's, picnic tables, and toilets.
|George Tindale Gardens |
George Tindale Gardens: Plenty of picnic spots, bring a blanket! Toilets available.
|Grants Picnic Ground |
Grants Picnic Ground is possibly the most popular and busiest of all. Easy access from Belgrave and plenty of walks leading off. Tables, BBQ's, Cafe, Bird Feeding and toilets.
|John's Hill Reserve |
Johns Hill Reserve. Fabulous views and picnic tables at the top of the ridge. No toilets or BBQ's. Great spot to fly a kite!
|Kalorama Reserve |
Kalorama Memorial Reserve: Picnic area, BBQ's, Playgrounds, toilets and oval to play on! Kawarra Native Gardens behind the field and tennis courts to hire (payment and key available from the General store opposite).
|Kensley's and Olympic Picnic Grounds |
Kensley's and Olympic Picnic Grounds are almost side by side and offer tables and access to the Dandenong Ranges Tourist walking track which goes from Sassafras to Emerald. Sweet little picnic areas with Sassafras Creek flowing past.
|Kurth Kiln |
Kurth Kiln Regional Park: this park is known for its kiln used during the Second World War to make charcoal for gas producer units for motor cars. Historial signage and buildings make it an interesting place to visit. Walking trails and picnic areas available.
|Lilydale Lake Park |
Lilydale Lake Park in the foothills of the Dandenongs, has a great playground, walking tracks, lake for fishing and small boats plus BBQ's, picnic tables and toilets.
Montrose has the most awesome playground for kids! Loads to do there to keep little ones happy for hours. Picnic tables, water and BBQ's plus toilets. Recreation oval close by and the Kevin Heinz gardens connecting nearby.
|Mount Dandenong Arboretum |
Beautiful all year, especially in Autumn with views and picnic tables. The Arboretum is a great spot for picnics and walks.
|Mount Dandenong Observatory & Sky High |
SkyHigh offers superb views, BBQ's toilets and a maze. Parking charge applies, but the spot is well maintained with revenue from parking fees, so well worth it.
|Mount Evelyn |
Mount Evelyn offers a great reserve for picnics, BBQ's, kicking a ball around, playing in the creek and dog friendly walks.
|National Rhododendron Gardens |
The National Rhododendron Gardens off super views, delightful gardens and ample places for a picnic. No BBQ's, but loads of spots to lay a picnic rug. Lyrebirds are often seen and the flowers in spring, plus autumn colour attract people by the hundreds. Free entry and shop on site and cafe.
|Old Olinda Golf Course | Olinda Common |
The Olinda Golf Course has not been used for golf for a number of years now and is a spot locals are able to enjoy for walking. Superb views across the valley, acres of wonderful fields to wander around and access to other walking tracks below. No toilets, bbq's or tables... so bring a rug!
|Olinda Falls |
Olinda Falls, a lovely walk to the falls and a great spot for a picnic or BBQ. Tables and open fire pits, BYO wood. Toilets and water available too.
|Olinda Recreation Reserve |
Olinda Recreation Reserve has a small playground, BBQ's, tables and toilets. It can be busy on weekends if there is a sporting event on, but is otherwise a quiet little place with plenty of parking.
|One Tree Hill |
One Tree Hill used to have a lookout tower and spectacular views, these days the trees have grown and the tower is no longer there. It is still a lovely spot for a picnic with BBQ's, tables and toilets. An Anzac Memorial is also there now. Walking trails down to the 1000 Steps and around the mountain can be accessed too.
|O'Donohue Picnic Ground |
O'Donohue Picnic Ground is a well laid out and rather secluded spot. BBQ's, Tables and toilets plus access on the track to Sherbrooke Falls and other walking trails too. Sit quietly and watch the colourful Rosellas.
|Pirianda Gardens |
Pirianda Gardens: Steep paths with stunning views and ample choice for a picnic, bring a rug! Toilets on site.
|Sherbrooke Picnic Ground |
Sherbrooke Picnic Ground, a smashing spot to picnic and see Rosellas. Do not feed the birds, though! Tables, BBQ's and toilets as well as direct access to walking tracks to Sherbrooke Falls and the Western side of Sherbrooke Forest.
|Silvan Reservoir |
Silvan Reservoir has a large open area, ideal for ball games. A playground and walking trails plus a lookout over the reservoir. BBQ's, tables and toilets available.
|Valley Picnic Ground |
Valley Picnic Ground: Walking trails pass through this area from the arboretum and Eagles Nest picnic ground. A few tables, no water or toilets available (despite the sign on the map, the toilets have been closed for some time).
|Woolrich Lookout and Hamer Arboretum |
Woolrich lookout and the Hamer Arboretum is an excellent area for a picnic or BBQ. Views, BBQ's, tables and toilets. Access to a number of super walking tracks too.
Have we missed any picnic grounds in the Dandenong Ranges? Please comment below to let us know if we have!