About the parklands

Jacksons Creek biik wurrdha Regional Parklands will span over 1,000 hectares and stretch along 26 kilometres of Jacksons Creek from Sunbury to Diggers Rest.

The name ‘biik wurrdha’ means ‘land of many’ and is the name given to Jacksons Creek by the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung 

Watch a video from the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung

You can visit areas of Jacksons Creek biik wurrdha Regional Parklands now. Activities include:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Picnicking
  • Children’s play areas
  • Birdwatching
  • Scenic views
  • On leash dog walking

We are investing in new paths so people can ride their bikes and walk from Sunbury township to Jacksons Hill Reserve. New features will include a stairway with panoramic views leading to a future footbridge over Jacksons Creek.

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

The parklands are being protected for conservation and cultural reasons, and DELWP is working with parkland partners to realise the vision in the Jacksons Creek biik wurrdha Parklands Plan 2022.

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

Map of the parklands

Jacksons Creek Regional Park Map

Visit The Nook to enjoy a picnic under the shady trees while watching birdlife and enjoying the creek edge. Toilet facilities and car parking are available.

Click here for location.

The Nook

Hume City Council manages The Nook.

Visit Emu Bottom Wetlands to see the new habitat restoration works or let your dog enjoy some off-leash time. Click here for location.

Play the video to hear about flora and fauna at Emu Bottom Wetlands.

People walking dog in open field

Hume City Council manages Emu Bottom Wetlands.

Walk along Skyline Drive Reserve to enjoy views over the valley including the historic Rupertswood Mansion. Kids will enjoy the playground.

Click here for location.

Skyline Drive Reserve

Hume City Council manages Skyline Drive Reserve.

Visit Apex Park to enjoy the playground, bocce court, picnic facilities and views of the historic bluestone bridge.

Click here for location.

Sign at Apex Park

Hume City Council manages Apex Park.

Visit Jacksons Hill Reserve and enjoy the all-abilities path down the valley. View the historic mill while listening to the creek flow. At sunset, enjoy the colours of the red cliffs on the other side of the creek.

Click here for location.

Jacksons Hill Reserve

Hume City Council manages Jacksons Hill Reserve.

Glencoe Drive Reserve was the home of the iconic Sunbury Music Festival held on the banks of Jacksons Creek from 1972 to 1975.

In coming years, this site will be accessible for visitors.

Play the video to learn more about the history of the site and the Sunbury Music Festival.

Click here for location.

Sunbury Rock Festival

Hume City Council manages Glencoe Drive Reserve.

Timeline

Government commitment to create a ring of parkland around Melbourne

November 2018

Planning phase

2019 - 2022

Cultural values study

Mid – 2021

Cultural values study by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Community consultation – Stage 1

November 2021

Community consultation – Stage 2

March – April 2022

Final parkland plan

Mid – late 2022

Parks improvements

Mid – 2023

Walking and cycling trails, signage, fencing, safety infrastructure and a shared use trail connecting Sunbury Township to Jacksons Hill Reserve picnic area

We are working in partnership with Traditional Owners, public land managers, stakeholders and the community to develop the vision for the parklands.

Parkland partners

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

  • Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
  • Hume City Council
  • Parks Victoria
  • Melbourne Water
  • Greater Western Water
  • DELWP

More information

For more information click on the links below:

Contact the Suburban Parks Program team at jacksonsck.biikwurrdha@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 04/10/22