Established in 1882, from the creation of a small reserve near Ferntree Gully, the Park has grown to some 3500ha, and is famous for its Mountain Ash Trees (the tallest flowering tree in the world) and lush fern gullies. The Park is interspersed with small villages, roads and houses the legacy of the regions time a timber harvesting area to support the development of Melbourne in the 1800’s.
The Park is home to crystal clear streams, waterfalls and creeks and has an extensive network of the walking trails that allow you to access all the special and secret spots. With many a picnic ground to be found.
Kookaburras, cockatoos, crimson rosellas and other native birds call this place home. Including the Superb Lyrebird, who thanks to the efforts of volunteers groups such as the Sherbrooke Lyrebird Study group now have a healthy population across the Park, from its days where numbers were critically low numbers for this shy bird that mimics the sounds of the bush, and is also found on the Australian 10 cent coin.
The park provides and overwhelming connection for visitors to nature. Its proximity to Melbourne has meant that for centuries it has remained a place that is very accessible for people to reconnect with the natural environment in such a breathtakingly beautiful place.