Kurth Kiln Regional Park
Escape the hustle and bustle at Kurth Kiln Regional Park located a short distance east of Melbourne. One of the closest bush camping opportunities to urban Melbourne, the park really is a breath of fresh air. Bring your dog, on a leash, and set up at one of the many free bush camping sites located in the park. There are tracks suitable for horse riding along with designated areas where horses can be loaded/unloaded safely.
Explore the park on foot or mountain bike ride discovering creeks, the historic huts and caretaker residence and Shiprock Falls.
The park's namesake Kurth Kiln was built in the second world war to make charcoal, developed and patented by Professor E. E. Kurth of the University of Tasmania. The charcoal was used in gas producer units attached to motor vehicles to produce combustible gas as an alternative to petrol during the Second World War.
In the late 1940s the Forests Commission bought 18 huts from the army and set them up beside Kurth Kiln to accommodate returned servicemen working in the forestry industry. Four of these huts remain along with the tall kiln and its iron chimney. It is a rare example of a relatively intact charcoal burning kiln and the only one of its type in Australia.
Rich in flora, the park is an oasis for rare plants including Long Pink-bells, Tall Astelia and Brickmakers Saw-sedge along with stunning Mountain Ash, stringybark and riparian forests.
With such a diverse plant life there is the welcomed attraction of many animals. Keep your eyes peeled for the many small and very active birds, the elusive swamp wallabies, inquisitive lace monitors and prickly echidnas during the day. At night you might hear or see koalas, yellow-bellied gliders, sugar gliders, greater gliders and large forest owls.
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Unique flora and fauna
Kurth Kiln Regional Park
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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