About the parklands

Cardinia Creek Regional Parklands will encompass more than 600 hectares of parkland from Berwick to Clyde on both sides of Cardinia Creek.

The name ‘Cardinia’ derives from ‘Kar Din Yarr’, Kulin language for ‘looking at the rising sun’ and ‘sunrise’.

We are investing in walking and cycling paths. New features will include a boardwalk bridge, seating, tables, and an information kiosk.

Making green, open spaces more accessible and protecting plants and animals, including the platypus.

The parklands are being protected for conservation and cultural reasons. DEECA is working with parkland partners to realise the vision for the expanded parklands, guided by the Cardinia Creek Regional Parklands Future Directions Plan 2022 (PDF, 8.8 MB).

Some areas of the parklands are not accessible to the public due to conservation and cultural sensitivities. You can enjoy the parkland areas listed below.

Watch the video 

To help imagine the future area of the parklands, watch this video as it flies over the parklands from Clyde to Berwick.


Map of Cardinia Creek Parklands

Places to visit

Visit Grasmere Picnic area at Cardinia Creek Parklands to enjoy a one-kilometre walking track including views of Grasmere Creek, wetlands, farmlands and birdlife.

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Parks Victoria manages Cardinia Creek Parklands.

Woman looking across creek to farm and rolling hills

Enjoy walking through this flora and fauna reserve on the east side of Cardinia Creek and appreciate the high value urban habitat for fauna including platypus, echidnas, and corellas.

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Cardinia Shire Council manages Beaconsfield Flora and Fauna Reserve.

Walking path through bushland

Beaconsfield Park is a leafy respite on a busy intersection known for its distinctive heritage sign.

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Cardinia Shire Council manages Beaconsfield Park.

Entrance to park with sign stating Beaconsfield Park

The much-loved Akoonah Park is very popular for walking with picturesque views of Cardinia Creek, and a separate off-leash dog area. It is also home to diverse sporting, equestrian and community facilities including camping.

Akoonah Park hosts the annual Berwick Agricultural Show and the Akoonah Park Market every Sunday morning.

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A Committee of Management manages Akoonah Park.

Fenced dog area in grassy park

Visit this park to enjoy natural walking areas and a children’s play area.

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City of Casey manages Cardinia Street Nature Reserve. Friends of Cardinia Creek care for bushland areas of this reserve and Beaconsfield Flora and Fauna Reserve.

Children's play area in park with slide

You can enjoy a walking loop around Cardinia Creek.

Start at Akoonah Park and walk north to Cardinia Street Nature Reserve. Turn right to go over the footbridge and return south in Beaconsfield Flora and Fauna Reserve before walking through Beaconsfield Recreation Reserve to reach the footbridge back to Akoonah Park.

Located next to the Beaconsfield shops, Bob Burgess reserve is a hidden treasure providing peaceful natural surrounds where you can meet friends and bring a coffee.

It also hosts the annual Beaconsfield Carols by the Creek.

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Pergola in grassy park with bench

Visit Manna Gum Park to enjoy a short circular trail by Cardinia Creek and bring your dog along for the visit too.

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Parks Victoria manages Manna Gum Park

Path through park

Beaconsfield Recreation Reserve hosts many local active recreational activities including cricket/football ovals, cricket nets, tennis courts, netball courts, and a half-size basketball court. There is also a children’s playground and natural creek areas to enjoy.

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A voluntary Committee of Management manages Beaconsfield Recreation Reserve.

Open grassy recreational area with railing fence

Mick Morland Reserve provides sporting facilities in Clyde North for AFL, cricket, and netball. There is a large multi-purpose pavilion, a playground, public art, and landscaping.

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City of Casey manages Mick Morland Reserve.

children's playground with swings and slide


Government commitment to create a ring of parkland around Melbourne

November 2018

Planning phase

2019 - 2022

Community consultation – Stage 1

November 2021

Community consultation – Stage 2

May – June 2022

Final Future Directions Plan

December 2022

Parks improvements

Open in stages from 2024

New parkland areas

Open in stages from 2024

Parkland partners

The parklands will be managed by multiple land managers, known as parkland partners including:

  • Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • City of Casey
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Melbourne Water
  • Parks Victoria

Page last updated: 06/07/23