Paddys Ranges State Park
Paddys Ranges State Park is one of six Aboriginal Title parks in Central West Victoria, jointly managed by the Djaara (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans) Aboriginal Corporation and Parks Victoria. The area known as Paddys Ranges State Park is the traditional land of the Djaara (Dja Dja Wurrung People). Djaara have cared for this Djandak (Country) for thousands of years
Located north west of Melbourne, this beautiful bushland is a stronghold of Box-Ironbark and is a important conservation refuge for endangered plants and animals. Wander the park as it bursts into colour with spring wildflowers or discover relics and reminders of its gold mining past.
The park owes its name to an Irish miner by the name of Paddy who lived in the area in the 1800s. From the 1840s the area was used for grazing, gold mining, timber harvesting, eucalyptus oil and honey production. In 1951, the Maryborough Field Naturalists Club began pushing for the protection of the park’s unique Box-Ironbark forest. In 1989, Paddys Ranges State Park was reserved. The park was increased to 1,954ha in October 2002 to conserve and enhance what remains of the Box-Ironbark forests and woodlands of north-central Victoria.
Today, the park is a haven for plants and animals. With more than 230 species of wildflowers listed in the forest, you won't want to miss a springtime visit. The forest walk from the campground to the picnic area is another great way to explore the park.
More than 140 species of birds have been recorded in the park, including the rare Swift Parrot. Peregrine Falcons, a threatened species in Victoria, nest in the park and majestic Wedge-tailed Eagles can often be seen circling above. As you explore the park, you might also spot wallabies, kangaroos and echidnas. The park is also home to the threatened Brush-tailed Phascogale.
Things To Do
Bushwalking at Paddys Ranges State Park
Prospecting at Paddys Ranges State Park
Camping at Paddys Ranges State Park
Picnicking at Paddys Ranges State Park
Paddys Ranges State Park
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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