Heathlands are characterised by dense, low shrubs with scattered, twisted trees – a function of the harshness of the environment where they occur.
They support a very high floral diversity, a large number of small mammals and rich bird life. They are widespread in Victoria, particularly near the coast and in the south-west.
More about heathlands
- Occur where drainage is poor so distribution is often patchy
- Soils have extremely low levels of nutrients
- Dominated by tough, hard leaved plants and terrestrial orchids - many are rare or threatened in the state.
Fire is a fundamental environmental factor. Fire allows regeneration of many small ground layer species, however fire regimes that are too infrequent or too large in scale pose a major threat to this ecosystem.
Heathlands support more than 80 species of birds and small marsupials such as dunnarts, bandicoots and potoroos and mammals such as the Swamp Rat and New Holland Mouse, which are prone to predation by foxes.
Heathlands are also particularly prone to Phytophthora cinnamomi (a fungal dieback) and invasion by woody native species
Where to see heathlands
04 Oct 2017
One of Victoria’s most elusive and endangered animals has been caught on camera in the Grampians National Park.The Brush-trailed Phascogale, a small nocturnal marsupial that is listed as a threatened species, was spotted by a Parks Victoria monitoring program.Cameras have been set up to catch a glimpse of the critter,…
15 Sep 2017 8:00pm - 31 Oct 2017 9:30pm
This play is set in the 19 century and based on the true story of the Chirnside family. Brothers Thomas and Andrew Chirnside came out from Scotland to Australia in 1839. Told by two fictitious characters, Maggie, the head maid and Mr Duncan the butler, you will be transported to…
7 Oct 2017 8:00pm - 31 Oct 2017 9:30pm
An enthralling night as you journey through the rustic old farm at Werribee Park. Filled with history and comedy and plenty of scares as the evil creature Black Anny haunts the farm.
13 Oct 2017 8:00pm - 28 Oct 2017 9:30pm
An exciting roaming play performed in the Werribee Park Mansion that combines history, scary elements and loads of comedy.
18 Nov 2017 4:00pm-9:00pm
The inaugural festival will bring together keen runners for an undulating 10km or half marathon. A mixed trail event offering road, gravel tracks, sand and steps combined with stunning twilight views of the national park and surrounding waters.