Wombat State Forest Camping Spot
The Wombat State Forest is located 50 kilometres west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, between Woodend and Daylesford, at the Great Dividing Range. The forest is approximately 70,000 hectares in size and sits upon Ordovician or Cenozoic sediments.
|The Wombat State Forest near Daylesford is one of Victoria’s natural gems.
More than two thirds of vegetation types found there are under-represented in Victoria’s national parks.
It contains the headwaters of six major river systems, an important water catchment, and yet remains threatened by mining developments.
The Wombat is a biodiversity hotspot and home to a plethora of native plants and animals, including the Common Wombat, Koala, Short-beaked Echidna, Agile Antechinus, Brush-tailed Phascogale (vulnerable in Victoria) and the Greater Glider.
And yet the Victorian Government is moving to open up the forests of western Victoria to logging.
In 2010 we undertook a detailed assessment of the values of the Wombat and other Central Victorian forests, highlighting the need for greater protection in our report Better Protection for Special Places.
Recent images from our Caught on Camera project used in a new field guide to mammals of the Wombat highlight the importance of the area to native animals.
The Wombat State Forest (locally: Bullarook) is located 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, between Woodend and Daylesford, at the Great Dividing Range. The forest is approximately 70,000 hectares (170,000 acres) in size and sits upon Ordovician or Cenozoic sediments. The Bullarook Wombat State Forest was proclaimed in 1871.
The only initiative in Australia to introduce community forestry, within the internationally understood context, is in the Wombat State Forest. It is managed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment. The management plan covers several areas such as firewood and other products; protection of water supplies, conservation of biodiversity, and conservation of landscape. Other areas of importance include cultural heritage, research, education, tourism, recreation, mineral exploration, mining, and grazing.
Lyonville Mineral Springs, Garden of St Erth, the Lerderderg Heritage River Walk, and Nolans Creek Picnic Area are among the tourist attractions within the state forest. Other historic places of interest include the Andersons Mill, Balt Camp, Pioneer Sawmill, and Yankee Mine. Train buffs can travel by vintage diesel rail through the forest.
Original Article from http://vnpa.org.au/page/nature-conservation/protecting-special-places/wombat-state-forest and Wikipedia
Post image taken from www.4wdaction.com.au