Norman Reserve in Warrandyte State Park offers a tranquil bushland setting with the Yarra River winding through the Warrandyte Gorge. This dog-friendly trail is one of three sites in the park where dogs are welcome, provided they are on a lead.

Enjoy a short walk leading to a view of the Evelyn Tunnel. The thick bushland provides excellent shade, making it a cool spot on hot days. However, this environment is also perfect for snakes, so stay vigilant. The reserve is rich in wildlife, including wombats, echidnas, and various native birds.

Dog playing in Yarra River in Warrandyte

Yarra River Walk

Norman Reserve is a fantastic spot for a peaceful walk with your dog. It offers beautiful bushland scenery and a chance to spot some of Australia's unique wildlife.

Walking along the river takes about 30 to 40 minutes and covers around 1.6 km. It's a pleasant stroll that keeps you close to the soothing sights and sounds of the Yarra River while maintaining proximity to neighbouring houses. The trail along the river is narrow, primarily flat, with some dips along the way.

Norman Reserve trail in Warrandyte State Park

Safety and Planning

While the water may look inviting, it has strong currents, so it's best to avoid letting your dog swim.

The river walk takes you along dense vegetation near the river; be cautious of snakes in warmer months.

Norman Reserve does not have picnic facilities, toilets, or amenities, so bring dog bags and water bottles.

Visiting Norman Reserve

The small parking area at the entrance can get busy in summer, so plan your visit accordingly. Camping and fires are not permitted in the reserve. It is also closed on severe weather warning days, days of severe fire danger, and above.