No fishing allowed until further notice as blue-green algae has been detected in the lake at Jells Park. More information about blue-green algae is available from Department of Health and Human Services.
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Four wood barbecues have been removed from Jells Park, to be replaced over time by gas barbecues. There are currently 8 barbecues across the park - 2 at the Pines, 5 at Jells south and 1 at Jells north, with 2 to be installed soon. Visitors are encouraged to utilise the gas barbecues available or to bring your own.
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Jells Park is nestled in the Dandenong Creek Valley, Wheelers Hill, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. The park attracts over 900,000 visitors a year, with over nine kilometres of paths and trails, 127 hectares of wide open spaces and enough picnic areas for everyone to enjoy.
Trails and paths
The main Dandenong Creek Trail runs north-south through Jells Park, linking the Eastlink Track, Scotchmans Creek pathway and the Knox bike track (near Nortons Park). All paths are multi-use so you can take your choice of cycling, jogging, or simply strolling.
The conservation trail meanders around the eastern side of Jells Lake. As you pass through the wetlands and billabongs on this trail take a look at the variety of native bird life such as the Purple Swamphen, the White-faced Heron and everyone's favourite, the Pelican.
BBQs, picnics and playgrounds
Jells Park has many barbecue and picnic areas. Relax under the shade of the Pines, enjoy the lake views at the Elms, or watch the children enjoying the playground at Stringybark or Yabbie Hill. Please remember to take home all your rubbish for sorting and recycling.
Groups of more than 50 people, or those bringing equipment, may require a permit. Visit the events page for details.
For large groups, the Ashes and Oaks ovals are available for booking through the summer months through Madeline's at Jells. Fees apply.
Jells Lake is a beautiful man-made feature with a variable water level that flows from the Dandenong Creek. No boating or canoeing is allowed. Fishing in Jells Lake is permitted only from the two larger jetties. A valid Recreational Fishing Licence is required. No fishing is allowed within the conservation area.
How to get there
Vehicle access is from Ferntree Gully Road (Melway 72 A10) or Waverley Road (Melway 71 K6). Enter by foot along the Dandenong Creek Trail or Scotchmans Creek Trail.
Jells Park is open all year with 24 hour pedestrian access. Hours of entry for vehicles vary between gates and times of year. From Waverley Road gates open at 8am.