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Remnants of many indigenous trees can be seen - manna gum, yellow box, common peppermint, swamp gum, black wattle, blackwood, sweet bursaria and swamp paper-bark. Native grasses and wildflowers such as kangaroo and wallaby grass, chocolate lilies and milkmaids bring the eastern slope alive with colour and insect activity during spring. Orchids and butterfly populations are also a special feature of the park. The lone pine overlooking the oval was sown from seed collected at Gallipoli in memory of soldiers from the 24th Battalion who were killed during World War One.


Birds commonly seen include the wattlebirds, kookaburras, rosellas, Rainbow Lorikeets, galahs, Noisy Mynahs and gang-gang cockatoos during the breeding season. Less common are the Grey Currawong (this is their closest breeding site to the city), Musk Lorikeets and White-Browed Scrub-Wren. Other types of bird life include waterbirds (Wood Duck and Little Pied Cormorant), birds of prey (Brown Goshawk and Australian hobby) and nocturnal birds (Tawny Frogmouth).

Native fauna includes, 20 species of butterfly, at least 60 species of beetle, 3 species of frogs, bats, skinks, ringtail and brushtail possums.