An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Yarra Bend Park

Yarra Bend Park is the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne. The park features steep river escarpments, open woodlands, wild river escarpment, playing fields and golf courses. It is also a haven for native flora and fauna, with a total of 320 indigenous plant species recorded in the park. Animals found in the park include the platypus, water rat, bats, reptiles and diverse birdlife.

Start your trail on Kane’s Bridge, walking across to the Studley Park Picnic area. Turn left and follow the path to the right when you reach the fork. The Bushland Circuit Trail is a short 850m walk through remnant River Redgum Woodlands with an abundance of nesting sites and hollows. This ClimateWatch Trail is a short, easy stroll suitable for all ages and abilities.

Why get involved?

  • Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
  • Become an observer and help monitor the biodiversity of the Yarra Bend Park.
  • Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet for the Yarra Bend Park Track to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.
  • Make a real difference in your local community.

How to get involved?

  • Download the Yarra Bend Park ClimateWatch field guides and recording sheet to mark your observations. Remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.
  • Alternatively, you can record your sightings using the ClimateWatch smartphone app.
  • The trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you.

This is a public ClimateWatch trail that you can do whenever you like. If your school is interested in visiting the site through Parks Victoria, please contact the trail coordinator at 

This ClimateWatch trail was developed with


with the support of


Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia are partnering to help gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change. The partnership will bring park visitors, nature enthusiasts, students, contractors, park staff and the general public together with climate change scientists through Earthwatch’s national phenology program ClimateWatch.

Our parks and reserves system protects many important environments but sit in a broader landscape that is changing. They play a crucial role in protecting biodiversity, providing clean air and water, regulating climate, maintaining healthy waterways, preventing soil erosion, maintaining genetic resources, providing habitat for native species and pollination.

Parks Victoria is responsible for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares, or about 17 per cent, of Victoria. This area includes national parks, urban parks, large wilderness areas and 70 per cent of Victoria’s coastline. Parks Victoria also manages a representative system of marine national parks and marine sanctuaries. They are the local port manager for Port Phillip Bay, Western Port and Port Campbell and the waterway manager for the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.