Experience the rich tapestry of Victoria's spectacular, diverse and critical reserves.
With a nod to cricket’s most famous international contest, two sports fields at Jells Park in Melbourne’s south-east are undergoing a transformation.
The Black Summer bushfires of 2019–20 burnt through vast areas of land and destroyed many park facilities in east Gippsland. While many locations re-opened soon after the fires, projects in some areas continue as we rebuild infrastructure and facilities to help rejuvenate the visitor experience, support tourism, and build back better.
Parks Victoria has started work on a master plan that will rejuvenate the historic Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve. To take the reserve into its next phase and unlock its potential, we are now seeking public input on the draft master plan.
“What are you doing in my swamp?!” asked the wildlife, probably, when Parks Victoria began building an experimental sandbag structure at Rowan Swamp Wildlife Reserve. The large, shallow wetland about 40km north of Benalla on Yorta Yorta Country is getting its happily ever after, one year on from a successful restoration. And while no ogres or donkeys have been spotted there yet, experts say the swamp is seeing ongoing biodiversity improvement.
They are squirmy, slimy and very stretchy. Leeches are miraculous creatures. If you’ve been hiking just about anywhere in Victoria, then it’s likely you’ve encountered one of these little bloodsuckers.
From historic cottages that echo with the stories of ages gone by to retreats seamlessly woven into the wilderness, we invite you to an escape that redefines tranquility.
Ranger Team Leader Alex works around Ballarat on Wadawurrung Country. He loves working with locals who share his enthusiasm for making our parks more inclusive and taking care of nature.
It’s BIG, but how big is it? You might have already heard the news; the Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) may have been dethroned as the biggest animal that has ever lived! An enormous fossil whale from the deserts of Peru has been uncovered that may DWARF even the mightiest blue whale. It got us thinking; where might you see the biggest animals that reside within Victoria’s unique and diverse landscape?
From educating students to creating inclusive programs for all abilities, Parks Victoria ranger Vanessa Wiggenraad spends her time sharing her passion for nature with others.