Tarago Reservoir Park

Tarago Reservoir Park offers the perfect setting for a picnic or barbecue with family and friends. The picnic area has sloping lawns set amongst bush settings, with views of the reservoir and surrounding landscapes.

Quick Facts

  • Nearest Town: Neerim South
  • Be prepared: Other than a picnic lunch to make the most of the scenery, you only need to bring yourself and your family!
  • Accessibility: This area is relatively flat, large, grass-covered area, which can be accessed from the carpark either via the stairs or at the end of the carpark a dirt/gravel ramp is available.
  • Pets: Dogs are welcome in the reserve as long as they are on a lead/under control.

Getting started 

Once you leave the M1 the road to Tarago Reservoir passes through the charming town of Rokeby, and is a great place to take in the views, and stop for a moment to stretch your legs. Continuing along the roads, feast your eyes on the incredible views of rolling green hills and the beautiful trees that line the roads, if you’re coming in Summer the sun peeking through the trees is magical.

As you approach Neerim South, the nearest town to the reservoir, you will be greeted with the Neerim Bowers.  A major piece of public art which forms a 7-storey high sculptural gateway at the Southern entrance to the town.

In Baw Baw even the journey to some of our most popular spots are just as special as the destination.

Tarago Reservoir Park

The Tarago Reservoir is a functioning reservoir supplying drinking water to residents of Baw Baw Shire. With a capacity of 37,500 million litres, the reservoir gets its water from the Tarago River that flows into it.

The area is surrounded by bushland providing a stunning backdrop to the reservoir, however, you are unable to access the area for bushwalking and we think this spot is perfect for families to come and have a picnic and celebrate spending time together.

To retain the high quality of water for our residents and the production of local produce, the reservoir is closed to boating and fishing.


Picnic tables and barbeques are available.

How to get here

The drive from Melbourne CBD is around 1 hour and 30 minutes. Head down the M1 towards Warragul, after a smooth drive down the highway, take the exit for Warragul and follow the C425 route. As you head toward Neerim South, just after you pass through the Neerim Bowers take a left onto Jindivick-Neerim South Road. After a short drive and a final right hand turn onto Tarago Reservoir Road you will be greeted with a native bush lined road and a large carpark that leads down into the picnic area.

If you need a map, we have you covered – https://goo.gl/maps/jqWyMscqG2R2

While you’re there be sure to check out

The largest town that is nearest to the reservoir is Neerim South, it offers a spot to resupply, stop for lunch or dinner and enjoy a delicious meal or check out the local stores and incredible artists scattered around the region. Neerim South is the perfect spot to base yourself as you discover something new.

And just a short drive away is the natural and picturesque country town ofJindivick. Home to some of the region’s best produce, this is one of the towns that highlight a paddock to plate experience like no other, this is part of what makes Baw Baw produce better than anywhere else (in our completely unbiased opinion!). Oh, and a local secret, check out the Jindivick Cricket Ground the views are breathtaking of the surrounding region.

Located just 15 minutes from the reservoir one of our favourite spots is Rokeby. This vibrant little town is an ideal place to visit whilst touring the region particularly for those who have an appreciation for the natural environment and like bushwalking. Our two favourite activities are enjoying the Rokeby Crossover Rail Trail, whether on foot or on wheels and heading to the Rokeby Market, the perfect place to enjoy the local produce and take a piece of our incredible region home with you.

Spend the night: While you’re here, why not stay the night and explore everything this beautiful region has to offer, we have some incredible B&B’s in our region, with Vue at Jindivick and Vivere Retreat are just a few to mention and will take your breath away, but don’t take our word for it come and check out the amazing places to rest your head in Baw Baw.

We love visitors here in Baw Baw so come and visit us today!