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Dry forests and woodlands

Musk Lorikeet (Photo: J.Tscharke)

Musk Lorikeet (Photo: J.Tscharke)

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Dry forests and woodlands

Lace Monitor (Photo: J.Tscharke)

Lace Monitor (Photo: J.Tscharke)

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Dry forests and woodlands

Tawny Frogmouth (Photo: M. Antos)

Tawny Frogmouth (Photo: M. Antos)

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Dry forests and woodlands

Box Ironbark (Photo: D. Simondson)

Box Ironbark (Photo: D. Simondson)

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Dry forests and woodlands

Grey Box Woodland (Photo: Mark Antos)

Grey Box Woodland (Photo: Mark Antos)

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Dry forests and woodlands

There are many types of dry forests and woodlands occurring across the drier northern slopes of the Great Divide, as well as in Victorian foothills, coasts and plains.

Stringybark forests dominate the near-coastal landscape east of Western Port; grassy woodlands are scattered throughout the Western district; and box-ironbark forest cover a wide arc from west of Stawell to east of Wangaratta.

During the gold rush, huge areas of forest were cut to provide wood for fuel and building. Forests were also cleared for agriculture, particularly in the more fertile plains and valleys. The remaining forests are fragmented and prone to invasion by weeds and pest animals.

More about dry forests and woodlands

  • They support a wide variety of plants and animals including a range of reptiles and significant mammals such as the Brush-tailed Phascogale, Squirrel Glider and Regent Honeyeater
  • Have an understory of native wallaby, spear, kangaroo, tussock and weeping grasses and herbs which respond well to low intensity fire
  • Support some of the state’s rarest orchids
  • Old and dead trees provide habitat for a variety of animals
  • Birds, such as the Swift Parrot, travel long distances to feed in the trees and shrubs at peak flowering times.

Key Threats

  • Weed invasion
  • Over grazing by introduced and native herbivores
  • Phytophthora cinnamomi (a fungal dieback).

Where to see dry forests and woodlands

Volunteers at Shepherds Bush National Tree Day 2013 Click to view the news RSS feed.

Discover Some Living History on National Tree Day

17 Jul 2015

The Friends of Dandenong Valley Parks and Parks Victoria are inviting the community to be part of living history on National Tree Day at Shepherds Bush on Sunday 26 July 2015. Many of Victoria’s oldest and most significant trees are found in parks and reserves across the state, including massive…

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What's on for 2015-2016 at Albert Park

1 Jul 2015 12:00am - 30 Jun 2016 12:00am

A wide variety of events are held at Albert Park throughout the year. Events range from fun runs and sporting tournaments to other community events. See the full calendar here.

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Fitzroy Walking Tour: To learn about contemporary Indigenous culture and aspirations

4 Aug 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

During Wurundjeri Week, Wurundjeri Council will be running various tours on Wurundjeri Country to educate the public on different aspects of Indigenous and Wurundjeri culture. Facilitated by Uncle Colin Hunter Jnr and starting from the fig tree on Nicholson St Fitzroy (across from top of Gertrude St). Learn about the…

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Merri Creek Trail, Darebin: Learn about Wurundjeri history and the Batman Treaty

4 Aug 2015 2:00pm-3:30pm

During Wurundjeri Week, Wurundjeri Council will be running various tours on Wurundjeri Country to educate the public on different aspects of Indigenous and Wurundjeri culture. Only one treaty was ever made with Aboriginal people, and that was the Batman Treaty with the Wurundjeri people, although it was not recognised by…

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Abbotsford Convent to Dights’ Falls: Learn about Wurundjeri History and Significant Sites

5 Aug 2015 11:00am-12:30pm

During Wurundjeri Week, Wurundjeri Council will be running various tours on Wurundjeri Country to educate the public on different aspects of Indigenous and Wurundjeri culture. Facilitated by Uncle Bill Nicholson and starting from Abbotsford Convent, hear about the history of the Wurundjeri people, Dights Falls and other significant sites.