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Derrick Hut Views

Derrick Hut Views

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Old Snow Gum. Photo: Mark Antos

Old Snow Gum. Photo: Mark Antos

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Bogong High Plains. Photo: Mark Antos

Bogong High Plains. Photo: Mark Antos

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Koala

Koala

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Alpine Ash sappling. Photo: Mark Antos

Alpine Ash sappling. Photo: Mark Antos

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

 

The alps are characterised by granite and sandstone peaks with rounded mountain tops and plateaus.

The highest mountain areas support a rich mosaic of heathland, grassland and alpine bog communities.

At slightly lower altitudes these ‘treeless islands’ give way to subalpine woodlands comprising small, multi-stemmed, snow gums usually less than 10m tall.

More about the alps

  • A mere 0.5 per cent of Australia is truly ‘treeless’ alpine.
  • Climatic conditions are harsh
  • Typically covered in snow for more than a third of the year
  • Plants and animals have evolved to cope with environmental extremes – low temperatures, high winds, snow cover for long periods and seasonal inundation
  • Many species are found only in the alpine area including several species at risk of extinction, such as the Baw Baw Frog, Alpine Water Skink, Mountain Pygmy-possum and Stirling Stonefly.

Key Threats

Alpine-adapted species are vulnerable to:

  • Climate change impacts such as changes in snow cover, streamflows and frequency of large scale wildfire
  • Weed invasion
  • Grazing by exotic animals and predation by foxes.

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Surveillance program snaps elusive critter

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,…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.