WOODLANDS HISTORIC PARK
Located in Greenvale, this beautiful piece of woody grasslands is a time capsule depicting what our environment looked like before European settlement. This remnant woody grassland represents the less than 1% of Victoria’s surviving volcanic plains. Monolithic granite boulders pepper a landscape of gentle hillslopes, ancient River Redgums, and winding creeks. The park features indigenous scar trees, and is home to countless kangaroos, over 130 bird species, reptiles, echidnas, possums and many indigenous plant species.
The fenced ‘Back Paddock’ provides a preditor proof zone whic is home the Conservation Victoria’s Eastern Barred Bandicoot successful breeding program.
Dress appropriatly for bushwalking and the weather, pack a waterbottle, snack and your camera and visit:
- Woodlands Homestead – accessed via Oaklands Road entrance, the homestead was built in the 1940’s and added to over time, explore the house, outbuildings and gardens and enjoy a traditional devonshire tea in the wood panelled tea room.
- Have a picnic under the magnificent River Red Gum trees at the Somerton Road picnic area, visit in August to see the sweet scented native clematis (native jasmine) draped over the huge tree limbs.
- Explore the 1.5 km Moonee Ponds Creek Nature Walk
- Enter via Providence Rd (off Mickleham Rd) and wander through the fenced ‘Back Paddock’ where kangaroo herds are easy to see, and native birds such as robins, finches and wrens and many many more.
- Walk up Gellibrand Hill to the radar tower and visit the Dundonald homestead ruins former home of the Attwood family.
- Explore the giant granite boulders and enjoy panoramic views
- Visit Living Legends (via Oaklands Road entrance) home to retired stars of the turf, these magnificent racehorses graze on the slopes overlooking Tullamarine airport.
Craigieburn Camera Club hold periodic day and night walks and workshops at Woodlands Historic Park. Visit our Woodlands photography exhibition in the Homestead during the September school holidays Sat 20th September – Sun 5th October.
MALCOLM CREEK AND GRASSLANDS RESERVE
Friends of Malcolm Creek & Grasslands (FOMCG) is a volunteer community group headed up by Ann Jessop, who care for the beautiful areas along this important and the stretch of waterways in Craigieburn. The group attends planting days and other activities to ensure that this area continues to flourish and remain healthy, providing habitat for wildlife.
Adorned with centuries old River Red Gums, indigenous grasses and native wild-flowers, birdlife and other valuable biodiversity, Malcolm Creek Grasslands reserve is a great place to locals to reconnect with nature, and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without having to travel miles. It’s also a great place to take photos.
FOMCG have a website at http://www.fomcg.com.au and would be happy to receive information on fauna sightings as well as photos of wildlife, flora and landscapes within the park. If you would like to contribute any images to the website please email them to Ann at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is great way for CCC members to use our skills and talents to do a fantastic community service.