Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve

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Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve

Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country. 

Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve is a haven for walking within close proximity to Melbourne on the doorstep of Bacchus Marsh and Melton. Classified by the National Trust, the park is rich with birdlife, spring wildflowers and ancient rock forms. The 600-hectare conservation reserve is unique in its geology and landform.  

This protected woodland reserve is perfect for a day of bushwalking and birdwatching. A number of Grade 3 tracks lead walkers through rocky woodland slopes and along Coimadai Creek and Djerriwarrh Creek flats. The longest is the 8.5km track from Happy Valley Trailhead to Canopus Circuit Trailhead, but they all offer a rewarding hike for well-prepared and self-sufficient walkers. 

The Reserve lists over 400 native plants and 160 bird species. The Bull Mallee at Long Forest is its only occurrence south of the Great Dividing Range. Taller trees including Grey Box, Red Box and Yellow Gum. Turkey Bush, Moonah and eleven wattle species also thrive here. Sixteen species of saltbush are found within the reserve, including the larger Fragrant Saltbush which grows to over a metre tall.  

Keep an eye out for Echidnas, Koalas, Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Black Wallabies. Brushtail Possums and Sugar Gliders are active by night. Birdwatchers will want to grab their field guide and listen for the distinctive birdcalls of the Jacky Winter, Speckled Warbler, Red-capped Robin, Rufus Whistler, Crested Bellbird, Diamond Firetail and the nocturnal Barking Owl. Many skinks, toads, frogs, spiders, ants, moths, butterflies and beetles are part of this complex ecosystem. 

Dogs are not permitted in the reserve, in order to protect this important conservation space and its flora and fauna. There are no campgrounds, drinking water or toilets in the reserve, but visitors can enjoy a picnic at the Happy Valley Trailhead. 

 

Things To Do

 
A forested area. In the foreground a green wooden sign that reads: Gravelly Track.

Walking in Long Forest

Walkers can explore the track network and enjoy the nature of this special place with its small-scale creek escarpments, rocky Mallee tree woodlands and multiple circuit walk choices.
A barking owl at Serendip Sanctuary

Birdwatching at Long Forest

The reserve is a haven and refuge for some threatened species of Temperate Woodland birds. Keep your ears tuned for the distinctive birdcalls.

Wildlife

Keep your eyes peeled for:

Echidnas
Kangaroos
Koalas
Wallabies

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How to get there

Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve

The Reserve is situated between Melton and Bacchus Marsh on the outskirts of Melbourne. Basic visitor car parking is available at Canopus Circuit and Happy Valley Trailheads. 

Need to know

Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Long Forest Flora and Fauna Reserve

    Park Closure

    Long Forest Flora And Fauna Reserve will be closed for pest animal control operations on the 26th, 27th, and 28th of February between 5pm - 8am each day. 

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