Swamp heathland covers much of the low poorly drained areas where heath and Prickly Tea-Tree are found.
The healthy woodland has some interesting plants, ranging from the taller Mealy Stringybark trees, to the understorey of attractive Hairpin Banksia, Furze Hakea and rare Swamp Bush-pea.
Foothill forests of Silvertop and Messmate are found higher up. Here you can see White-throated Tree Creepers hopping around tree trunks searching for insects. Below is a dense layer of smaller plants including Common Correa, Hop Goodenia and Dusty Miller, where Yellow-rumped Thornbills and Superb Fairy Wrens feed. Mountain Ash, the tallest flowering plants in the world, are found on the steep southern slopes in the northern end of the Park.
The insect-eating Southern Emu Wren is the smallest of the birds inhabiting the swamp heathland. It has a unique long barbless tail of only six feathers. The White-eared and Crescent Honeyeaters are two of the birds that can be seen feeding on the nectar bearing flowers of the heathlands. The raucous call of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are sometimes heard as they search for wood grubs in nearby Silver Wattles on the steep southern slopes in the park's northern end.
Most of the animals in the park, such as possums, bats, owls and gliders, are active only at night. During the day you may be lucky to catch a glimpse of a Swamp Wallaby in the forest shadows or a goanna basking in the sun.
07 Mar 2014
Parks Victoria has reopened two more Mallee parks ahead of the forthcoming Labour Day Long Weekend. Wyperfeld National Park and Lake Albacutya Park will reopen from today, however North West District Manager Dale Antonysen says a number of road closures will be in place throughout both parks. “Parks Victoria staff…
12 Mar 2014
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is the largest flying-fox (also known as a fruit bat) species in Australia. Each month the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology conduct the monthly bat count at Yarra Bend Park at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. This data is critical…
15 Mar 2014 9:00am - 16 Mar 2014 5:00pm
The Back to Steiglitz community art group will have an exhibition in St Paul's church, Steiglitz. There will be 4 artists displaying their works in a variety of mediums and styles. Historic buildings will be open to the public. The Back to Steiglitz group will provide food and drinks for…
16 Mar 2014 2:00pm-4:00pm
To celebrate Cultural Diversity Week Mornington Peninsula Shire and Parks Victoria invites you to a screening of Alias Ruby Blade - A story of love and revolution The acclaimed documentary film follows Kirsty Sword Gusmao who aspired to be a filmmaker and instead became a revolutionary. Whilst working for the…
23 Mar 2014 9:00am-3:00pm
Help create koala habitat and learn about koalas. Enjoy a day helping Koalas in the wild. Search for koalas, monitor their behaviour, remove weeds from their habitat and take records of all other wildlife seen, all in the company of a highly experienced Koala Researcher. Part of the day is…
Happy International Women’s Day! Photo: Ranger Deb Cross at the Gil Groggin Fir...Happy International Women’s Day! Photo: Ranger Deb Cross at the Gil Groggin Fire north of Buchan.View post | Sat, 08 Mar 2014 09.42
The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long w...The Mt Zero area in Grampians National Park has re-opened in time for the long weekend to provide visitors with a walking experience in the Northern Grampians. Many areas in the park are now open after the fire in January. Full details here http://ow.ly/ukBMTView post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17.11
Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos...Thanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.Friends Parks Week photosThanks to all our Facebook friends who have sent in their favourite park photos this week to help inspire your next park visit. Enjoy your local parks and beyond this long weekend to help celebrate the end of Parks Week.View post | Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13.45
Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See...Introducing the newest recruit to join the Werribee Park horticultural team, See Me. He is from the Karen people of Burma and lived for 15 years in a refugee camp before coming to Australia. See Me is being sponsored by Matchworks and will be working with us for the next 11 months while he completes a Certificate Three in Horticulture. We’re celebrating the many park connections with Victoria’s rich multicultural community during Parks Week. http://ow.ly/ui2jQView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16.14
Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last week...Clean Up Australia Day events at Kalimna Park and Golden Point Reserve last weekend resulted in 4 cubic metres of rubbish being removed from the bush in and around Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers for their efforts on the day. http://ow.ly/uhMnvView post | Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11.43