Discover somewhere new in nature with these Autumn Unseen Places
Tuesday 16 March, 2021
Parks Victoria rangers are inviting Victorians to go somewhere new as part of its Autumn Unseen Places campaign. Find unexpected adventures and revel in the serenity and unique scenery of Victoria’s diverse natural landscapes.
No one knows Victorian parks quite like park rangers, so if you’re chasing a new experience in nature, away from the crowds, let our rangers be your guide this autumn.
From the rugged bushlands of Greater Bendigo National Park on Dja Dja Wurrung Country in the north, to the windswept landscapes at French Island National Park on Bunurong Country, you don’t have to travel far from Melbourne to get out of town. And there are so many more Unseen Places to discover.
A special place for Sharnie Hamilton, Dja Dja Wurrung Ranger Team Leader and Traditional Owner, is Rocky Crossing. Located on the Campaspe River in the Greater Bendigo National Park, it is an ideal spot to go deeper into nature.
Explore some of the best Box-Ironbark forest left in Victoria, home to diverse bird species, including that colourful autumn visitor, the Swift Parrot. Explore a bit further and see spectacular scenery along the Bendigo Bushland Trail and Goldfields Track.
If going off-grid is more your style, French Island National Park is only 1.5 hours from Melbourne and home to the most significant population of koalas in Victoria. It’s a nature-lover’s wonderland, with over 100 native orchid species and over 230 bird species recorded including rare birds like the White-bellied Sea-Eagle, King Quail and the Orange-bellied Parrot. Its diverse landscape of heathlands, woodlands, mangroves, saltmarshes and more make this a truly unique place to visit.
To discover more Unseen Places, including Agnes Falls in Gunaikurnai Country or Mount Buangor State Park, the Traditional Country of the Eastern Maar peoples, visit parks.vic.gov.au.
Go somewhere you haven’t been this weekend. #AutumnUnseenPlaces
Quote attributable Sharnie Hamilton Dja Dja Wurrung Greater Bendigo National Park Ranger Team Leader
“If you haven’t been to Rocky Crossing before, you’re missing out. It’s so peaceful with the Campaspe River providing habitat for platypus and kingfishers. The scar tree is just one of many cultural experiences you can have visiting Greater Bendigo National Park on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.”
Quote attributable Scott Coutts French Island Ranger Team Leader
“The best thing about French Island National Park on Bunurong Country is just how quiet and remote it feels with no traffic and no noise. You won’t believe it’s only 70km from Melbourne – you just get the ferry here. And at night the star gazing is incredible.”