Mount Worth State Park
Explore towering forests of Mountain Ash, Mountain Grey Gum and Blackwood along the hills and slopes of Mount Worth State Park.
Take the Giants Circuit (1.8km) to see the impressive Standing Giant, a huge Mountain Ash that is probably 300 years old with a girth of 14 metres. The Gardiners Mill track (3km) follows the tree fern lined Clark Creek, while more experienced hikers can take the sloping Waterfall-Bower Track, featuring two small waterfalls at the midway point.
The park is an ideal place for wildlife watching, and birdlife is abundant. Lyrebirds scratch in the leaf litter, while forest canopy provides food and nesting areas for the Crimson Rosella, King Parrot, Olive Whistler, Grey Butcherbird, Tawny Frogmouth and the rare Sooty Owl. The park is also home to iconic animals such as the Common Wombat, Swamp Wallaby, Brushtailed Possum, Feathertail Glider, Brown Antechinus and Platypus. Soft Tree Ferns and Rough Tree Ferns flourish within the sheltered gullies. The cool moist conditions support a number of rare plants including Netted Brake, Slender Tree Fern and Skirted Tree Fern.
The Moonlight Creek Visitor Area is perfect for a relaxing picnic, surrounded by tree ferns and grassy space. There are tables, toilets, a gas BBQ and fireplaces provided. Please bring your own firewood, as the fallen branches, leaves and sticks at the park are habitat for many smaller animals and cannot be taken for use.
The lands of Mount Worth State Park have a history of intensive use by European settlers, with selections beginning in the 1870s and timber milling from the 1920s – you can still see remnants of the old timber mills along the walking tracks. Before being logged, this area would have been blanketed by extensive wet forests with canopies of Mountain Ash. The gullies were dominated by cool temperate rainforest species like Myrtle Beach and Sassafras. This type of rainforest would have been widespread across the Strzelelcki Ranges pre-European settlement, but with logging and fire, rainforest has been reduced to small pockets. The Warragul Field Naturalists Club and the Shire of Warragul were instrumental in having the park created, leading to the regeneration of the forests that both visitors and wildlife can enjoy today.
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Mount Worth State Park
Over 40 species of Fungi have been surveyed in Mt Worth State Park over recent years. Along the tracks you might find sections covered in holes. The Narracan Borrowing Crayfish is the culprit. This small brightly coloured crayfish is endangered in Victoria and is only found in a small range across the Strzelecki Ranges. The Gippsland Giant Earthworm has been found in the underground in the park, which is an incredible animal featured in Sir David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth tv series. If you listen closely you might hear it squelching underneath your feet!
This area is well known for its diverse range of wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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