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December 30, 2009

Victoria National Parks

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National Parks of Victoria

This is just a brief post to describe some of the National Parks in Victoria, Australia that may be of interest to bird watchers. I will be outlining general locality, some walking tracks and if possible, places to camp or stay. Let us get into it then.

Alpine National Park
The Alpine National Park is at the southern end of the Great Dividing Range. You can stay at Bright, Falls Creek, Mount Beauty, Mount Hotham, or Omeo. There are also many camp sites scattered throughout the park. There are high plateaus, deep valleys and Victoria’s highest mountains. The Australian Alps Walking Track goes 650kms from Walhalla to Tharwa near Canberra, ACT.

Baw Baw National Park
Baw Baw National Park is 170km east of Melbourne. From Melbourne you can get there via Moe, Erica, Walhalla. Some of the tracks in Baw Baw National Park are Beech Gully Nature Walk, Mount Saint Gwinear Track and Mushroom Rocks Trail. Some of the activities you can indulge in include: canoeing, fishing, horse-riding and skiing. Oh, I forgot bird watching as wel. d’oh! Camp at Aberfeldy River camping area.

Croajingalong National Park
The Croajingalong National Park sweeps along the south east corner of Victoria for a hundred miles. You can stay at Cann River or Mallacoota. There are walking tracks at Elusive Lake, Wingan River Rapids Walk, Wingan Inlet Nature Trail. Camp at Peachtree Creek Reserve, Thurra River, Mueller Inlet, Wingan Inlet or Shipwreck Creek.

Dandenong Ranges National Park
The Dandenong Ranges National Park is only 35km east of Melbourne. Some walking tracks are: Tourist Track Walk, Sherbrooke Trail, Western Trail and Olinda Forest Trail. Check out the RJ Hamer Arboretum and the SkyHigh Mount Dandenong Observatory.

Grampians National Park
The Grampians National Park are 260kms North West of Melbourne, near Stawell and Ararat. The Grampians are composed of four mountain ranges – the Victoria, Sierra, Mt William and Mt Difficult Ranges. The walks include the Grand Canyon Loop, Reed Lookout to the Balconies, Mt William, McKenzie Falls and Burrong Falls. There are some well-known rock-climbing spots around Mount Arapiles. There is camping at Boreang, Borough Huts, Bundik, Rosea, Smith Mill and Stahans.

Chiltern – Mount Pilot National Park
Chiltern is just south of the NSW border past Albury. Camping sites are available in the Reedy Creek area. Some of the tracks include the White Box Walking Track and the Woolshed Falls Historic Walk.

Victoria National Parks Resources

Wilson’s Promontory: A Field Guide

Victoria National Parks Website

Australian Alps National Parks

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