St Arnaud Range National Park
St Arnaud Range National Park has 13,900 hectares of mainly steep, forested terrain and is an ideal place to experience what the forests were like before the gold rushes. The park has one of the largest intact areas of Box-Ironbark vegetation. It encompasses the former Kara Kara State Park and much of the St Arnaud Range State Forest.
Things to Do:
>>The banks of the Upper Teddington Reservoir are a pleasant venue for camping and picnics.
>>The rocky ridge tops in the park offer fine views for bushwalkers and four-wheel-drive tourers.
>>There are ample opportunities for hiking in the steep and rugged terrain.
>>The Teddington Reservoirs are popular fishing sites, brown trout and redfin commonly being caught.
>>Recreational fossicking is allowed in some areas of the park. Fossickers must hold a current Miner's Right. Please do not drive off road, and fill any holes created by fossicking.
>>Campsites, toilets and fireplaces are provided in the park.
>>Firewood is scarce and there are only a small number of fireplaces so please come prepared to use gas instead. Fires must be lit in fireplaces only.
>>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 or visit the Department of Human Services website www.dhs.vic.gov.au.
Little is known about Aboriginal occupation of the park. However, Aboriginal sites found in the park include scarred trees, mounds and stone artefact scatters.
In the 1840s European squatters took up land in the area. Stock grazing continued in some areas until 1995 and sheepyards built from bush timbers remain in some parts of the park.
Alluvial and shallow reef mining for gold commenced during the 1860's and a number of significant sites can be found around the park.
The park has also been an important source of timber. Logs were supplied to local timber mills, and other uses include fence posts, palings and firewood. Harvested species include yellow gum, grey box and red ironbark.
The Teddington Reservoirs were constructed to supply water to the town of St Arnaud, with No. 1 completed in 1900 and No. 2 in 1929. The reservoir system was downgraded in 1947 and they now only supply nearby Stuart Mill. Many structures remain, including catch drains, weirs and concrete lining of part of Strathfillan Creek.
An outstanding feature of this park is the mature nature of the forest. When eucalypts are about eighty years old, hollows begin to form in their trunk and branches. The hollows are used by a variety of native birds, mammals and reptiles as nesting sites and for shelter. Hollow-dependent species include the kookaburra and crimson rosella and nocturnal animals such as the yellow-footed antechinus and sugar glider. Approximately fifteen mammal, sixteen reptile and one hundred and twenty-eight bird species are recorded in the park, six of which are either rare or endangered. Wedge-tailed eagles are often seen above the steep forested ranges of the park.
The park's vegetation varies according to the geology and topography of the land. It is part of the isolated forest and woodlands of the St Arnaud and Redbank areas that are surrounded by agricultural land.
A number of vegetation types have been identified within the park - heathy dry forest, grassy dry forest, valley grassy forest, alluvial terraces, herb-rich woodland and Box-Ironbark forest.
Two hundred and seventy native flora species have been recorded within the park and a further seventy-seven located near the park boundary. Five species recorded in the park are listed as rare or threatened.
Looking After the Park
>>All native plants and animals are protected.
>>Firearms are prohibited.
>>Please keep to designated tracks.
>>Light fires only in fireplaces provided. No fires including barbecues may be lit on a day of total fire ban.
>>Swimming is not permitted in Teddington Reservoir.
>>Persons over 16 require a fishing licence.
>>Camps must be in designated camping areas only and at least 40m from the reservoir.
>>Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the park.
>>Leave the park as you find it.
How to Get There
St Arnaud Range National Park is between Avoca and St Arnaud in Central West Victoria, about 190 km north-west of Melbourne. At Stuart Mill turn west and follow signs leading to the Teddington Reservoir. This road leads into the park.
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>>Langi Ghiran State Park
>>Mount Buangor State Park
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Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Parks Victoria