Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve

Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve

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What is now known as Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve is located within the traditional land of the Bunurong People. Contemporary Bunurong People are proud of their ancestry, and maintain a very strong spiritual and physical connection to their traditional land and waters. In addition to their inherent rights, they have cultural obligations to ensure that their ancestral land, waters and culture are managed appropriately. Parks Victoria acknowledges and respects the deep and continuing connection that Bunurong people have to these lands and waters.

Explore a preserved pocket of the indigenous flora and wilderness that once extended across this area of the Mornington Peninsula. The network of trails that wind through Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve offer a fascinating insight into the different vegetation communities, fauna habitats and historical sites. The mixed-use tracks are popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists.

This reserve and surrounding lands were originally occupied by the Bunurong people who travelled across the peninsula in search of seasonally available foods, and the remnants of a lithic (stone) scatter in the reserve is testament to the long history of use and pre-European occupation.

First established as the Langwarrin Military reserve in 1886, this park was used for various activities by the Victorian colonial defence forces. During World War 1, German prisoners of war were detained at the reserve and a hospital was set up for the treatment of soldiers returning from France and Egypt. The Langwarrin Historical Trail provides an insight into the history and remains of this military use, including the stone-capped reservoir and rifle butts.

The vegetation of the reserve is of state significance, with 300 indigenous flora species recorded, equating to 45 percent of the species indigenous to the Mornington Peninsula. Plant communities here, such as the Silverleaf Stringybark open woodland, were cleared from surrounding areas to accommodate Melbourne’s expanding eastern suburbs.

The reserve also provides important habitat for native fauna, particularly small mammals, including the echidna and swamp wallaby. A total of 98 bird species, including the rare Southern Emu-wren, Glossy black cockatoo and Powerful owl have been recorded here, making it an excellent reserve for birdwatching.

Things To Do

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Looking up at a tree from the ground in Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve

Birdwatching

Spend time exploring the network of trails, whilst carefully observing the diverse birdlife that visits Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve, such as Southern Emu-wren, Tawny Frogmouth, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, Laughing Kookaburra and New Holland Honeyeaters.
Sunlight steams through the trees that line a dirt path in Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve

Cycling

Ride along the mixed-use gravel and sand tracks to explore this reclaimed nature space and historic area.
A dirt path leads through the trees at Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve

Horse riding

Ride your horse along the designated trail beside Robinsons and Warrandyte roads.

Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Echidnas
Powerful owls
Wallabies
Wedge-tailed eagles

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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