Heathcote-Graytown National Park
The Heathcote-Graytown National Park was proclaimed with the passing of the Box-Ironbark Bill on 30 October, 2002. Covering 12 833 hectares, it is located in central Victoria and encompasses much of the southern section of the extensive Rushworth-Heathcote State Forest, from the McIvor Range and Mt. Ida near Heathcote to Mt Black, Spring Creek and Graytown. It includes some of the most significant environmental, cultural and recreational values in the largest remaining Box-Ironbark forest in Victoria. It supports sixteen threatened species including the crimson-spider orchid, squirrel glider and swift parrot. Home to a concentration of large old tree sites and fauna refuges, Heathcote-Graytown National Park also contains significant Aboriginal cultural sites and places.
Things to Do
Recreational opportunities include exploring gold rush and war era historic features at Graytown, as well as highly accessible areas that offer solitude in a bush setting, bushwalking, car touring, nature observation, horse riding and bike riding, picnicking and camping. Other ongoing uses include orienteering and rogaining, and licensed apiculture (in appropriate locations).
Looking After the Park
Under the National Parks Act 1975, timber harvesting, grazing, hunting and new exploration and mining operations will not be permitted.
How to Get There
110 kilometres north of Melbourne. From Melbourne, take the Hume Highway, then the Northern Highway to Heathcote. From Bendigo, take the McIvor Highway.
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Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Parks Victoria