Grasslands are dominated by perennial, mostly tufted or tussock-forming grasses and occur on the vast, undulating western volcanic plains, the northern alluvial plains and in Gippsland.
They frequently lie over heavy soils which become waterlogged in winter but dry and crack in summer.
While trees and shrubs are only occasionally present, they are floristically rich, not only in grasses but also in colourful plants from the orchid, daisy, pea and lily families that flower in spring and early summer.
More about grasslands
- Kangaroo grass is dominant south of the divide, wallaby grass and spear grass abundant in the north
- Many form ephemeral flooded native meadows in winter
- Soil dries rapidly in summer
- Support rare animals, adapted to changeable environment e.g. the Bush Stone-curlew, Eastern Barred Bandicoot and Striped Legless Lizard
- Aboriginal people used fire to maintain the open nature of the grasslands, stimulate the growth of useful plants and attract animals for hunting
- European settlers found that the expansive grasslands provided good grazing and were easy to convert to cropping and improved pasture.
Less than one per cent of original grasslands remain, in small remnant patches with low viability. These patches are threatened by:
- Weed invasion
- Infrequent fire regimes that inhibit growth of diverse flowering herbs
- Altered nutrient levels that favour weed growth.
Where to see grasslands
10 Oct 2016
Parks Victoria is reminding the public new dog bans will apply in the Mornington Peninsula National Park from Tuesday 1 November 2016. In March 2016, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change announced dogs would be banned across the entire Mornington Peninsula National Park to provide greater protection for vulnerable…
9 Sep 2016 8:00pm - 29 Oct 2016 8:00am
Fun scary play based on the history of the Mansion. Follow the actors throughout the Mansion and the story unfolds as you move from room to room.
24 Sep 2016 8:00pm - 17 Dec 2016 8:30pm
Down to Earth is a theatrical production performed at the Werribee Park farm at night. Set in 1862 it combines the history of the farm with interactive comedy and scary elements. Suitable ages 10 and up. Dates available 24 sept, 14, 22 October, 4 November 9 and 17 December.
23 Oct 2016 10:00am-4:00pm
Wyndham City is once again proud to present the Children’s Week Picnic at Werribee Park on Sunday 23 October 2016. An annual Major Event for Wyndham and part of the State Government’s Children’s Week, the Children’s Week Picnic will be held for the 16 year in 2016 for a fun,…