Families and Kids

The Brisbane Ranges National Park has some great places for kids to share with their families and friends.  Only one hour from the centre of Melbourne into the real Aussie bush.

Appreciate the bush

Whether you wish to explore, play, look for birds and wildlife or just appreciate the bush - there is tons to do.

There are lots of different landscapes, rocks, rivers, plants, wildlife and in the Spring the Brissies has special wildflowers too.   The picnic grounds and walks - both short and long - are a great place to start.

Explore the bush and look for birds, wallabies, kangaroos, koalas and all other smaller critters.

While you are here YOU can help look after the park and its wildlife and plants so that it stays healthy just like the rangers and the junior rangers do.

Keep an eye out for wildlife everywhere - quietly - and keep still a good distance from any you see (they are more likely to behave normally and you may see something special)
Group of people on the Anakie Gorge Walk
Keep to the picnic grounds and tracks - for your safety and to protect the plants and wildlife
Take photos but nothing else out of the park - except of course everything you brought with you particularly wrappings and rubbish.


There are special places in the park at Boar Gully, Fridays or a site for an overnight hike along the Burchell Trail but you do need to book online in advance.

Make sure any fires are completely OUT - no bushfires!

Let Parks Victoria know on 13 1963 if you see anything unusual.

If you see any sick or injured wildlife call one of the emergency numbers - 

  • 13 000 94535
  • 13 11 11
  • 1300 223 427

Some spots and walks which are great places to start your adventures are -

  • Anakie Gorge

    Picnic ground and walk

  • Outlook Track

  • Stony Creek

    Picnic Area and walk to Lower Stony Creek Reservoir

  • Steiglitz

    Visit to Steiglitz [old gold mining town] and the Steiglitz Courthouse with walk along Deadman's Track to Sutherland's Creek

  • Orchid track

    Not one to take with a pram

  • Koala Track

  • Geebung Track

Related Activities 

  • Friends of Brisbane Ranges free activity sheets to download and try out for yourself - some are for younger children up to about 8 years  pages 1/2 and 3/4 and another six pages which are more suitable for older primary school age children.
  • Parks Victoria - Junior Rangers for kids about primary school age "born to explore"and Ranger Roo for smaller children. These have great downloads, activities, factsheets,
Enjoy your family time in the Brissies and come back again soon! 

If you wish to share your story and/or photos from your visit please send them to friends.brisbane.ranges@gmail.com and we may be able to include it in one of our newsletters.