Welcome to the Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve

The Yarran Dheran Information Centre is open to the public  on the second and last Sunday of each month from 2.00 – 4.00 pm.  Enter from the Ashburton Drive entrance (Melways ref 49B6) and walk through the carpark to the Centre 

Yarran Dheran has a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/yarrandheran


Brochures to download or further information

Download our updated Birds of Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve brochure at Birds brochure 2

 Download our updated Walks in Yarran Dheran brochure at Yarran Dheran Tracks Brochure – Print Copy – updated February 2020 This now shows the path on the Mullum Mullum Park side of the creek, so you can complete a loop walk

Download our Introduction to Butterflies brochure at introduction to butterflies brochure

As a second step, you may wish to follow the Yarran Dheran’s Butterfly Food Trail brochure by following the newly painted posts showing stations 1 – 12.  The brochure is available from the Information Centre

UPCOMING EVENTS   We are able to resume some of our events in 2021 subject to COVID restrictions

Download the Yarran Dheran Calendar of Events for 2021 at  Yarran Dheran Calendar of Events 2021

Upcoming events are:

Friday 3 September 10.00 am – 11.30 am Spring Wildflowers with Ian Moodie CANCELLED DUE TO CONTINUATION OF LOCKDOWN 
Sunday 5 September 9.00 am – 11.00 am Working bee  

 Note: all events are scheduled subject to whatever the COVID lockdown regulations apply at the time  

Click here for further information on all upcoming events

NEWSFLASH Our ponds have water going through them again after many years!  Come and see the waterfall after we have rain


Parkswide Environmental Education

Free environmental and sustainability education programs for children and community groups of all kinds, including pre-schoolers, primary and secondary students, scouts, guides and walking groups are offered by the City of Whitehorse. A visit to Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve can be tailored to suit groups of most kinds!

This service is coordinated by Council’s Education Program Officer, and is supported by experienced volunteers

Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve is a reserve situated on the southern bank of the Mullum Mullum Creek in the north eastern corner of the City of Whitehorse.  It is a mixture of original indigenous bushland and reconstructed bushland on a previously industrial site and covers 7.2 hectares.

The Mullum Mullum Creek runs through the Reserve from its beginnings in Croydon before joining the Yarra River at Templestowe, providing an important corridor for wildlife. Over 85 species of birds have been identified in the Reserve.  Koalas were released into the area in the 1970’s and may still be occasionally seen in the manna gums. Kangaroos and wallabies are also seen as they move up and down the Mullum Mullum Valley. An active sightings program is conducted by the Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve Advisory Committee.

The Reserve has a large network of paths which take the visitor through different vegetation types and several picnic areas are provided.

An Information Centre is open on the last Sunday of each month  between 2.00pm and 4.pm . The Centre houses a wildlife collection and provides access to a range of information about the Reserve. School and other community groups may also book sessions at the Information Centre.

The main entrance to the Reserve is at the end of Ashburton Drive in Mitcham (Melways 49B6). Enter through the car park. The Reserve is also accessible by foot from Quarry Road and from Schwerkolts Cottage in Deep Creek Road