Fitzsimons Lane, Templestowe
Melway ref. 21 G12
Fitzsimons Reserve is a large 78,237m2 (7.8 hectares) habitat corridor between Westerfolds and Candlebark Parks on the Yarra River. It forms part of the Yarra Valley Parklands and protects flora and fauna, managed sympathetically with adjoining Parks Victoria managed Candlebark Park.
Fitzsimons Reserve was the former site of Kiwanis Community Farm. A series of dams and wetlands, covering an area of approximately 4,000 m2, remain from this use.
Parks Victoria’s Main Yarra Trail goes through the western part of the reserve and skirts the southern side although informal tracks have been established along the river. By agreement, Parks Victoria manages the Main Yarra Trail and adjacent viewing platform within the reserve.
The site is also a popular launching point for canoes and kayaks, with a carpark and viewing platform adjacent to the river, overlooking rapids.
- Large kangaroo population
- Main Yarra Trail
- Viewing platform overlooking the Yarra River
- Off street carparking (Fitzsimons Lane)