Greater Bendigo National Park
This park includes the former Whipstick and Kamarooka State Parks, One Tree Hill Regional Park, Mandurang State Forest and Sandhurst State Forest and spans 17 007 hectares. The park contains some of the highest quality Box-Ironbark forest in the Bendigo area, along with broombush mallee, grassy woodlands and Kamarooka mallee. The park conserves some of north-central Victoria's most outstanding natural features.
The park itself is the product of intensive use over the past 150 years from gold mining, land selection, forestry, and eucalyptus oil production. Many significant relics of these industries, particularly the gold mining and eucalyptus oil industries, remain in the park today.
Things to Do
>>Recreational fossicking is allowed in some areas. Fossickers must hold a current Miners Right.
>>The park offers a range of opportunities for walking.
>>Scenic diving, cycling and walking - Most roads in the park are unsealed and suitable for car touring and cycling.
>>Camping: Community and school groups should contact Parks Victoria/DSE office, Bendigo beforehand to ensure that space is available.
>>The Whipstick Environment Centre has accommodation for schools and environmental study groups. For enquiries regarding the centre phone (03) 5446 8099.
>>Visitors picnicking and/or camping should bring their own firewood and drinking water. Be self-sufficient with drinking water. Carry it in and/or know how to make untreated water safe for drinking. For more information contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.
Following the 1851 discovery of gold on the rich alluvial fields of Bendigo, deep shafts were sunk to mine the gold bearing quartz reefs. Remains of the One Tree Hill Pioneer Mine, which was sunk to a depth of 90 metres, are 600 metres northeast of One Tree Hill Lookout Tower.
Mining on the Bendigo goldfields generated a huge demand for timber. Timber was drawn from a 30 kilometre radius around Bendigo and used to raise steam to power the quartz-crushing stamp batteries, to line shafts and for domestic purposes. The park was an important source of timber and was repeatedly cut over. However, many trees fortunately survived or regenerated.
In October 2002 the park was expanded to 3,880ha with the passing of the Box-Ironbark Bill.
Songbirds such as the grey shrike-thrush are numerous and are among the 170 species of birds likely to be seen or heard in the parks.
The mammals you are most likely to see (usually early in the morning and later in the evening) are the eastern grey kangaroo, black wallaby and echidna.
The main vegetation types within the Greater Bendigo National Park:
>>whipstick mallee, with blue, green and bull mallees, and in the north of the parks, Kamarooka mallee
>>grey box and red ironbark forests characteristic of north-central Victoria
The area is famous for abundant spring wildflower displays and the brilliantly flowering whirakee wattle, found only in the Bendigo area.
Looking After the Park
>>Take your rubbish with you.
>>Light fires in fireplaces provided. No fires, including barbecues, may be lit on days of Total Fire Ban.
>>Portable gas barbecues or stoves require a space clear of flammable material three metres around and above the appliance.
>>All native plants and animals are protected.
>>Firearms are prohibited in the parks.
>>Leave the parks as you find them.
How to Get There
The Greater Bendigo National Park is 8 km north of Bendigo. Follow the Loddon Valley Highway to Eaglehawk and turn right into Raywood Road and right into Leshe Street, which becomes Whipstick Road.
>>Diamond Hill Historic Area
>>Heathcote-Graytown National Park
>>Mount Alexander Regional Park
>>Bendigo Regional Park
>>Kooyoora State Park
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Parks Victoria