Jells Park

Jells Park in Wheelers Hill is an oasis in the suburban hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Located on Dandenong Creek it is abundant with native plants and wildlife. Jells Park has so much to offer with over nine kilometres of paths and trails, and hectares of wide open spaces. It is an ideal recreation destination for the whole family.

Jells Park is at the hub of a network of parklands linked by the Dandenong Creek. Nestled in the heart of suburbia the park is abundant with native plants and wildlife and is a diverse recreation destination for the whole family - you can experience it all in Melbourne's backyard.
With over nine kilometres of paths and trails, hectares of wide open spaces and picnic areas for everyone to enjoy, the park attracts over 700,000 visitors a year.

It is easy to see why Jells Park is so popular. It has so much to offer, with natural bushland, wonderful scenery and reminders of our history, protected for the future and ours to enjoy now.

Things to Do
Experience the Dandenong Creek Trail on foot or by bike as it makes it's way through a variety of bush landscapes and parklands.
Enjoy a family get together at one of the many barbecue and picnic areas.
The Yabbie Hill Playscape and four other playgounds in the park provide an adventure wonderland for children.

Relish the wide open spaces, panoramic lake views and the tranquillity of peaceful surroundings.

Cycle, walk, run or rollerblade around a network of sealed trails.
Fish from the jetties on the western side of the lake for redfin or short-finned eels and yabbies (valid Recreational Fishing Licence required).
At the bird hide, you can view Australian native birds such as swamphens, darters, cormorants and pelicans as well as birds that migrate to Jells Park from Asia during summertime.

The oaks and ashes ovals may be booked for large group outings or functions.

Facilities
Six picnic areas with different outlooks, each with shelters, barbecues, water and toilets nearby.

Five adventure playgrounds for the kids.

The Jells Park Visitors Centre has a conference area and a tea house which offers refreshments and light meals.

Nine kilometres of trails and tracks meandering through a variety of park landscapes.

Heritage
Named after one of the first pioneer settlers in the area, Joseph Jell, the park has had an interesting history, being used for grazing, a piggery and even a storage area for the American Army during World War 2 .Prior to European settlement, Aborigines from the Woiworung and Bunurong tribes lived on the land for over 30,000 years.

Jells Park was officially opened in April 1976 and is now one of the most popular parks in Melbourne catering for over 700,000 visitors each year.

Fauna
The major habitat areas linked by the Dandenong Creek and its tributaries are welcome havens for wildlife, especially birds, in a densely settled urban environment.

Over 150 bird species either live or visit the park so you are sure to see swamp hens, cormorants, herons, coots, native ducks and even the elegant pelican around the lake and in the wetlands of Jells Park. During the warmer months of the year a number of birds migrate to Jells Park from China and Japan to escape the cold winters of their homelands. Making the park their home for several months of the year, these birds breed, rest and feed on fish and insects.

Higher up on the dryer slopes, amongst the box and stringybark eucalyptus trees, nocturnal creatures including possums, bats and sugar gliders can be seen frolicking in the treetops at night, in search of food.

Vegetation
The 129 hectares that make up Jells Park contain a diversity of vegetation communities. Along the Dandenong Creek and throughout the park's floodplains and wetlands, riparian plants and trees flourish, including melaluca and the rare Yarra gum. Up on the higher slopes, where the plants have adapted to lower water levels, dry forest species such as the stringybark and yellow box eucalypt prevail.

Remnant, indigenous vegetation still exists along the Dandenong Creek with 116 species of native plants being recorded in Jells Park alone. This vegetation plays an important role in sustaining over 200 species of animals including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish that inhabit the park.

Looking After the Park
We have a "carry in, carry out" policy so please take your rubbish with you.
Please keep your dog on the lead and out of the conservation areas at all times. Remember all native plants and animals are protected. Light fires only in designated fireplaces.

How to Get There
Vehicle access is available from Ferntree Gully Road (Melway ref: 72 A10) or Waverley Road (Melway ref: 71 J5). Pedestrian access along Dandenong Creek path from Nortons Lane and Scotchmans Creek trail or take Waverley Bus 754 and 1753 from Glen Waverley.

Disability Information
Accessibility Rating: 5 out of 6. Jells Park is a popular place for outdoor recreation, and offers a high level of accessibility. The car parking areas are large, with several designated accessible spaces. The paths around the park are sealed and wide. The Visitor Centre/tea room building has a good accessible entry, and an open floor plan. Designated accessible toilets are provided in three locations, although they do not meet all current access standards.

Nearby Parks
Bushy Park Wetlands
Nortons Park
Police Paddocks
Shepherds Bush

Activities
Barbeque, Cycling, Fishing, Playgrounds, Walking, Walking Dogs


 
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