Morwell National Park
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- Established:November 1966
Situated in the northern foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges, this park is small in size but of great value in preserving the area’s original plant and animal life. The vegetation varies from dry eucalypt forest in the West to heavily timbered fern gullies along the streams, lined with tall mountain grey gums and blackwood trees.
Morwell National Park is a pleasant two-hour drive from Melbourne. The park is situated 16km south of Morwell and can be reached via Churchill or Yinnar.
Things to see and do
While visiting Morwell National Park, you can enjoy a range of recreational activities including picnicking, barbecuing, bird watching, bushwalking and nature study. The best way to enjoy the park is to walk through it, following either Fosters Gully Nature Walk and Stringybark Ridge. You can experience exceptional views across the Latrobe Valley from the Jumbuk Road. Alternatively, the Kerry Road Picnic Area is an ideal place to have a peaceful picnic in a quiet bushland setting.
Billys Creek Track – 1.5 km
From Junction Road Car park to But But Track
A pleasant walk along the creek flats beside Billys Creek, passing through areas which have been revegetated over the past 20 years. Some excellent remnant vegetation can also be seen along the creek banks, including manna gum, blue gum, swamp gum and the vulnerable Strzelecki gum.
Weir Track – 800 m
From But But Track to Billys Creek Weir
The track is an easy walk suitable for the whole family, crossing several footbridges over the creek and passing through some superb stands of manna gum before arriving at the old weir. The weir was built in 1914 and once supplied water to Morwell via a wooden pipeline.
Lodge Track – 2 km
From Billys Creek Weir to Morans Road
This track climbs steeply up a ridge through a variety of forest types containing blue gum, mountain grey gum, messmate and apple box. A strenuous walk, but the views from the higher areas of the park make it worthwhile.
Clematis Track – 1.2 km
From Billys Creek to Lodge Track
Climbing through a damper forest type which contains blackwoods and musk-daisy bush, this track joins Lodge Track half way up on its climb to Morans Road, but is not quite as steep. Clematis and Wonga vine can be seen flowering profusely all along this track in early spring.
Blue Gum Hill Track – 3 km
From Billys Creek Weir to Blue Gum Hill and return
Blue Gum Hill Track starts a short distance along Lodge Track, and then follows a small creek for 500m before beginning the climb up Blue Gum Hill. On the way to the top, the track passes through disturbed areas, which were once cleared for grazing, as well as some fine stands of blue gums. After climbing for 1.2 kilometres, the summit is reached and, although there is no formal lookout, the views from this area are spectacular. Looking out over Billys Creek, the Latrobe Valley can be seen in the distance. Return by the same route or take the track to the West, which follows a steep spur down to Billys Creek and back to the weir. Please not that due care must be taken, as this track is extremely steep.
There are picnic tables, gas barbecues, toilets and an information centre at the Kerry Road Picnic Area. There are also picnic tables at Lyndons Clearing and Billys Creek. Please note that camping is not permitted at Morwell National Park.
Dogs and other pets are not permitted within the park.
Flora and fauna
This park is best known as a habitat for over 40 species of native orchid. Remnants of the original Strzelecki Ranges forest, including some warm temperate rainforest and fern gullies, are features of the park.
Koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, possums, greater gliders and many smaller mammals are common. Reptiles seen in the park include black, copperhead and tiger snakes and several lizard species including goannas. Almost 100 species of native birds have been identified in the park, including the rarely- seen powerful owl.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, the Gunai/Kurnai identify the Morwell National Park as their Traditional Country.