friends of black hill

Nest box mapping volunteers:

We are looking for people who are willing to volunteer for nest box mapping throughout the reserve. Participants will be asked to locate nest boxes on their smartphone using google maps or Avenza and make notes onto a data sheet that will be provided to you. Considering the COVID-19 unpredictability the plan is to hold a demonstration session with interested members and then people can complete allocated sections of the reserve in their own time. More information will be provided once we have a group of names. If you are interested in nest box mapping, please let us know via friends@blackhillreservekyneton.com.au

annual general meeting 2021

Sunday 5th of December, at the reserve at 11 am. A working bee prior to the meeting will commence at 9.30 am.

Please bring a plate and a thermos for the AGM.

All are very welcome to attend.


The Ridge Track steps are now complete and open thanks to the Council environment team and volunteers from the Friends group. The steps on the steeper sections of the track are a joy to run (or walk) up and down.


Last year, the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network (UCLN) engaged in the Threatened Species Project ,which focused on Brush-tailed Phascogales, Greater Gliders and Powerful Owls. The Network has recently received, a Communities Environment Grant and are pushing the project further north and have selected Blackhill Reserve as one of 20 sites for remote camera work and spotlighting.

Black Hill Reserve Kyneton

260 acres of natural peace and tranquility

Only an hours drive north of Melbourne, Black Hill offers signed walking tracks, magnificent views, great rock formations, wild flowers, Australian wildlife, natural and re-vegetated bushland. With opportunities for walking, jogging, rock climbing, picnicking, and all the fresh air you can handle!

Since the bushfire, and as per the Environmental Management Plan, all group off-track activities require Council permission.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a secure leash at all times for the protection of wildlife, other visitors and to protect your dog from snake bite. Please also take away with you, your dog's faeces (there are no rubbish bins on site).

Brochures setting out the various walks and with a handy map are available from a metal box beside the front gate. Black Hill Reserve is always open, day and night. We hope you enjoy your visit.


The Friends of Black Hill acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land, the Taungurung people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.

Environmental Management Plan

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council has approved the Black Hill Environmental Management Plan (click link for a copy of the Plan).

The Plan outlines a vision for the reserve and a set of management principles and actions aimed at achieving this vision.

Bush Fire January 2015

It is now five years since the devastating fire and there has been very good regrowth in the affected areas. To support this regrowth visitors are asked to remain on the cleared walking tracks at all times.