News and Upcoming Events

Family Recreation Fishing Day - 26th March

Family Recreation Fishing Day Sunday 26th March 2017 from 12 noon until 2.30pm.

Sign up at the Education Centre. Enter Parklands via Smith Street or Parklands Avenue due to construction work at Separation Street entrance.  Please park sensibly!

Fishcare Victoria will be assisting and have a limited number of fishing rods available (so be early!).  Guidance available on the day.

Free raffle entry for two children's fishing rods which will be drawn at the end of the day.

Bring a water bottle and picnic/packed lunch to munch on while waiting for the fish to bite.

Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

This is a DPA members event only, but new memberships or renewals are available on the day.

Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day 2017 in the Darebin Parklands.

Sunday March 5th (10am - noon)

Our Parklands is a precious place that's home to echidna, wombats, fish and frogs, bats and birds.  

Floods over the Christmas period have filled the Parklands and the the banks of the creek with rubbish, so we invite you and your family to come along on Sunday March 5th.

Wear sun protection and appropriate footwear, but we can supply bags and you are assured of a friendly welcome.  Meet at the Ranger's Hut (end of Separation Street). See you there!

Families who would like to become members of the DPA can join up on the day.

Read more on the Clean Up Australia Day page here.

.. And win a chance to camp out in the Parklands!

Six lucky Junior Rangers and their parents will be randomly drawn from those who clean up the Parklands on March 5th.

Dinner, campfire, spotlighting and plenty of marshmallows included.

Junior Rangers - Halloween Event

Monday 31st October 2016

evening 6.00 - 8.00 pm

Meet at the Ranger's Hut at the end of Separation Street.

Please bring a torch, appropriate clothing/costume and wear sturdy shoes.

Join in  the Parklands Treasure Hunt, games and activities to receive Halloween treats.


A great success - see our photos page

Community Bonfire Night - Postponed due to rain

Now Friday 16th September. (Formerly  9th September but postponed due to expected heavy rain)

The ever popular Bonfire returns! The rangers will light the bonfire just after dusk on the floodplain at the northern end of the park near the bluestone steps. All welcome. Children must be supervised and dogs must be on leads

General Meeting and Bat Presentation

Tuesday 23rd August 7.30pm

Come along to our regular General Meeting which will be preceded by a talk on Bats by our Guest Speaker Dr. Lindy Lumsden.  Find out how the presence of bats is of benefit to our parklands.

Junior Rangers - Build a Rosella Nesting Box!

Sunday 14th August 10.30 - 12 noon.

Book your place to attend the Gleeson Centre Classroom and construct your own Rosella Nesting box.  Bookings are essential as places are limited.  Go to our contact page and enter your details and phone number so that a position can be confirmed.

Next Park Care Day

will be on 14th August from 1.00 - 300 pm.  The one scheduled for 17th July is now cancelled and the work rolled into the August event. We will be planting ground covers such as Bidgee Widgee and Dichondra as well as prickly shrubs into the creekline near the stepping stones.  For more details see the events page

School Holiday Activity - Learn about bees.

Monday 27th June from 9.30am

Learn about bees and make a beeswax candle!

Meet Benedict, the Darebin Parklands beekeeper, who will explain the vital role that bees play in our lives and then visit the beehives in the Parklands.  Also you can make a beeswax candle and create an artistic bee on the bees enclose fence.

Meet at 9.30 at the classroom next to the Ranger's hut at the end of Separation Street.  An interesting morning for families!

Park Care Day

Sunday 26th June from 1.00 - 3.00 pm

The planting of indigenous grasses and shrubs on the Ivanhoe side of the creek.  (close to number 42 Rockbeare Grove, south of the entrance).

Junior Rangers Spotlighting (at dusk)

Friday 15th April at 6.15pm

Join the Park Rangers at dusk for a walk around the Parklands to spot the animals and birds that come out when it gets dark.

Meet at the Ranger's hut at the end of Separation Street. Please bring a torch, appropriate clothing and wear stout shoes.  This is one of the highlights of the year!

Astronomy Night in the Parklands

Tuesday 12th April at 7pm onwards

Not a DPA event but organised by the Alphington Community Centre. 

Identification of major stars, constellations and planets, using a large telescope supplied by the Astronomical Society of Victoria.  

Booking is essential - go to the ACC website and follow the links.  $15 per person or $25 for a family.

Junior Rangers Abseiling & Adventure Activities

Friday 8th April (School holidays!)

10.30 - 12.30 am

Morning of outdoor adventure supported by AUSCAMP. Meet near the Abercorn Bridge end of Smith Street.  Please wear sturdy shoes, protective clothing and sun protection.  

Bring a drink bottle, a snack and your bike.  Some bikes will be available to borrow.

A parent/guardian must be present.  Not a DPA family member? Join up via the website or on the day.

February 2016 newsletter now available

Download a copy here.

Clean Up Australia Day

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Sunday 6th March

10 am to 12 pm

Join the Park Rangers at the Rangers Hut at 10am.


Join us to help clean up, fix up and conserve the environment.


Please wear sturdy shoes, protective clothing, and sun protection. Bring a drink bottle and a snack.

For safety reasons parents/guardians must be present and supervise children at all times. 
Families who would like to become members of the DPA can join up on the day.

Read more on the Clean Up Australia Day page here.

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