Davies House Ruins (Terrick Terrick National Park)

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Davies House Ruins (Terrick Terrick National Park)

The area around the ruins of the Davies homestead offers visitors the opportunity to explore the grasslands for which the park is renowned. In spring, the grasslands come alive with wildflowers – the closer you look, the more you see! The area is also popular with birdwatchers looking for grassland and farmland birds, including the endangered Plains-wanderer, a species of international conservation concern. Joining a tour with an experienced and licensed birdwatching guide is your best chance of seeing this elusive bird.

The homestead can be accessed via Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road. The graded gravel road is suitable for 2WD vehicles, but can become rutted and care should be taken in wet conditions. Park near the information board beside the ruins of the old homestead and explore the surrounding native grasslands on foot. Possum Paddock (named after a horse) directly to the east of the homestead is accessible by foot. Please leave the internal farm gate as you find it – if it is closed, please close it again behind you – and stay on the tracks to protect the fragile vegetation.

All native plants and animals are protected by law. Please do not disturb them in any way. Pets are prohibited.

There are no visitor facilities at the homestead, but the picnic area at Mt Terrick Terrick, about 20 minutes away by car, has picnic tables and toilets in a woodland setting. The short walk to the summit of Mt Terrick Terrick offers stunning views over the grassy plains and farms.

When driving around the grasslands, please take care when parking or pulling over. Roadside verges support long grass and native wildflowers which may conceal deep holes or boggy areas. Parking half on and half off the road is dangerous as local vehicles sometimes travel at high speed along rural roads. Please note that clay roads are suitable for access in dry weather only.

Terrick Terrick National Park is in the Northern Country Total Fire Ban District. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. For up to date information on bushfires in Victoria call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226, download the VicEmergency app, or go to the Prepare and Get Ready tab at www.emergency.vic.gov.au.

How to get there

Davies House Ruins (Terrick Terrick National Park)

Facilities

Carpark

Need to know

Davies House Ruins (Terrick Terrick National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • No fires permitted
  • No horses
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • Management vehicle only
  • No firearms allowed

Warnings

  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Cemetery Track (between Sylvaterre-Timms Lake Rd & Allen Tk) closed

Cemetery Track (between Sylvaterre-Timms Lake Rd & Allen Tk) is closed due to flood impact. Crews will assess and reopen when safe.

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