Yarra Bend Park

Yarra Bend Park and Willsmere

Did you know that Willsmere has around 500 metres of direct frontage to Yarra Bend Park? 

Beyond the 25 acres of private land, there is over 600 acres of public open space and much more again when we consider all the parkland adjacent to this.


The city view is particularly incredible – it appears a bit like an island inside a forest – as there is  almost no trace of suburbia nearby – only trees.


As a result, many people feel that Willsmere exhibits many of the best aspects of rural living all the while being really close to the city.

At Yarra Bend Park we find….

Some of the last stands of original bushland in inner Melbourne.

A dedicated tourist road – Yarra Boulevard – which was built in the 1930s.


* 117 species of FLORA that are recognised as being important to the Melbourne.

* 7 of the state’s threatened flora species.


* 185 indigenous native FAUNA species.

* 13 of Victoria’s threatened species: 7 endangered and 4 vulnerable.

125 species of birds
10 mammal species
19 species of reptiles
15 butterfly species
5 amphibian species
11 freshwater fish species.

Birds commonly seen in Yarra Bend Park include:

The Australian Wood Duck; Pacific Black Duck; Rock Dove; Spotted Dove; Dusky Moorhen; Silver Gull; Rainbow Lorikeet; Eastern Rosella; Red-rumped Parrot; Laughing Kookaburra; Superb Fairy-wren; White-browed Scrubwren; Spotted Pardalote; White-plumed Honeyeater; Bell Miner; Noisy Miner; Red Wattlebird; Grey Butcherbird; Australian Magpie; Willie Wagtail; Little Raven; Magpie-lark; Welcome Swallow; Common Blackbird; Common Starling and Common Myna.

Other Possible Birds include:

Chestnut Teal; Northern Mallard; Australasian Grebe; Hoary-headed Grebe; Tawny Frogmouth; Australasian Darter; Little Pied Cormorant; Great Cormorant; Little Black Cormorant; Eastern Great Egret; White-faced Heron; Nankeen Night-Heron; Australian White Ibis; Brown Goshawk; Purple Swamphen; Eurasian Coot; Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo; Galah; Sulphur-crested Cockatoo; Azure Kingfisher; Brown Thornbill; Eastern Spinebill; Little Wattlebird; New Holland Honeyeater; Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike; Crested Shrike-tit; Golden Whistler; Grey Shrike-thrush; Grey Fantail; Pied Currawong; Grey Currawong; Silvereye; Mistletoebird; House Sparrow and the Red-browed Finch.

Yarra Bend Walking Tracks

This walk gives you a 30 minute nature fix! Leave behind the inner city suburbs and step into Melbourne's largest area of natural vegetation. Dogs on lead allowed.

Yarra Bend Walk

Full details of this walk and many other great walks in the area can be found here - https://walkingmaps.com.au/walk/530


Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

Yarra Bend Park


Willsmere is located at Wiltshire Drive (access via Yarra Boulevard), Kew VIC 3101