The Blue Lake at Plenty Gorge (Yellow Gum Park) is an unexpected oasis in the leafy outer suburbs of northern Melbourne. At certain times of the year, the lake (which was once a quarry) appears in the most amazing turquoise blue.

From the car park, descend the track towards the lake. The nicest views over the lake are from along the fence line at the start of the descent. You’ll soon find yourself at the level of the lake, where there are various lake access points just off the track. Opposite Blue Lake, you’ll notice picturesque views over the Plenty River.

In the warmer months, I’ve often seen people swimming in Blue Lake (many with their dogs, but be aware that dogs aren’t permitted in the park). Personally, it’s not my ideal wild swimming hole but if you are considering jumping in, check first with Parks Victoria that there are no current Blue-green algae warnings.

Keep your eyes peeled in the surrounding bushland for the abundant birdlife and even grazing kangaroos. The park is well set up for recreational purposes with shelters, BBQ facilities and a toilet block. All tracks are wide and well maintained. Even the steepest parts of the track are reasonably accessible.

Why not take the kids for a stroll around Blue Lake this weekend?

Blue Lake, Plenty Gorge

Need to Know

Length: 2.3 km
Time: 40 min
Grade: Easy / Grade 2 (according to the Australian Walking Track Grading System).
Style Circuit
Region: Melbourne
Park: Yellow Gum Park
Closest Town: South Morang
Car Access: Access is via the Greensborough Bypass. At Yan Yean Road I turned left and then left again onto Memorial Drive. At the end of Memorial Drive, I turned left and followed the track to the carpark near the toilets.

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