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Giant kanooka trees grow out of the water amid a tangle of vines, ferns sprouting in profusion. Within the gullies grow pittosporum, lillypilly and yellow-wood, their trunks covered with ferns and mosses. On the ridges above the river a drier forest of wattle and eucalypt predominates.


More than 150 bird species and 25 mammal species have been recorded in the park including 6 species which are rare or threatened in Victoria. The satin bowerbird frequents the rainforest.

The East Gippsland Bird Observers Club have undertaken studies in the Mitchell River National Park and bird species lists are available from