Birdsland Reserve

Birdsland reserve opening with school students at indigenous signage

A 75 hectare bushland reserve with a long history.

The Wurundjeri people lived in the region around Birdsland, however it was cleared for grazing and crop production around 150 years ago 

The Bird family owned the site from about 1940 and used it for sheep farming. 

In order to save the site from urban development, the Shire of Sherbrooke purchased Birdsland in 1981 and opened it to the public in 1984 as a community bushland reserve.

The park has walking, riding and mountain biking trails. The Dargon Trail connects trail users to Lysterfield Lake Park.

Many species of native wildlife find sanctuary at Birdsland. Over 130 different native birds have been identified in the reserve including the Wedgetail Eagle and Powerful Owl. Birdsland supports over 200 species of native plants.

Birdsland is located around 50 minutes from Melbourne. The park opens at 7.30am daily. Closing times vary seasonally, please check signs at park entrance for closing time.

Dogs are required to be on lead at all times. 

High Fire Rating Days

Birdsland Reserve will be closed on Total Fire Ban days and days rated Extreme or Catastrophic by the CFA.

Yarra Ranges Council’s Bushfire Season Workplace Relations Policy determines the level of service and safety Council can provide for staff and the public within various levels of bushfire risk. The Policy was reviewed in 2024 in line with the newly introduced National FIRE Behaviour Index and taking into account public feedback.


Map of Birdsland



Southern Dandenong Community Nursery

Located within Birdsland Reserve, the Southern Dandenong Community Nursery is open at the following times:

  • Tue: 9.00am – 4.30pm
  • Fri: 9.00am - 1.00pm
  • Sun: 9.00am – 12 noon

Call the nursery on 0408 966 278 or  emails



Mt Morton Road, Belgrave South 3160  View Map

Google Map
Tagged as: