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Swamp Wallaby. Photo: J.Tscharke

Swamp Wallaby. Photo: J.Tscharke

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: Heathlands

Correa reflexa. Photo: Matt Hoskins

Correa reflexa. Photo: Matt Hoskins

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: Heathlands

Windswept heath. Photo: Mark Antos

Windswept heath. Photo: Mark Antos

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: Heathlands

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.

Key Threats

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

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Down to Earth

8 Apr 2017 8:00pm - 29 Apr 2017 9:30pm

This theatrical performance taking place at the historic farm in Werribee Park, is filled with history, comedy and scary elements. It is a highly entertaining and informative performance, suitable for ages 11 and above.

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Heritage Festival 2017 at Coolart

26 Apr 2017 10:00am - 16 May 2017 10:00am

Meet at Visitor Centre at 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays for a guided tour and introduction to the history of Coolart Wetlands and Homestead in Somers. Bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy in the beautiful garden.

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The Great Forest Picnic

13 May 2017 11:00am-2:00pm

Come and join in a giant picnic and spell out the word WE *heart* PARKS to show our love for parks and the unique forests of the Central Highlands.

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Melbourne Coastrek

26 May 2017 6:00am-10:00pm

Melbourne Coastrek is an annual 30km - 60km team trekking challenge held along the Mornington Peninsula's stunning coastline raising money for The Fred Hollows Foundation. Hosted by Wild Women On Top, it’s one of the most picturesque endurance events in Australia, including ocean and bay beaches and views, headlands, cliff…