Touring National Parks Around Bendigo Victoria
Bendigo is a perfect place to base yourself if you want to tour Victoria state in Australia. Only a couple of hours drive from Melbourne, Bendigo is positioned perfectly to access all the fantastic scenic countryside from the coast to the spectacular National Parks that abound in the region. Taking a daily coach charter from Bendigo is an ideal way of touring or perhaps take a one or two day tour.
Terrick Terrick National Park
The Terrick Terrick National Park is only 60 km from Bendigo straight along the Bendigo-Pyramid Rd. The historic homestead and associated grasslands of the park can be accessed via Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road whilst the picnic areas and the White Cypress Pine forest is off Sylvaterre-Timms Lake Road. The park is home to many threatened species, the granite peaks of Terrick Terrick National Park contrast with areas of remnant native grasslands. The park is ideal for a scenic drive, bushwalk or picnic. The isolated granite outcrops of Mount Terrick Terrick, Bennetts and Riegel's Rock, surrounded by extensive areas of Northern Plains Grasslands, provide imposing views and contrasting landscapes. The park contains one of the largest, most intact tracts of indigenous northern plains vegetation in Victoria. An abundance of wildlife gives the park high conservation value, making it an extremely special place.
Barmah National Park
Barmah National Park, together with the adjoining Millewa forest in New South Wales, forms the largest River Red Gum forest in the world. The complex ecology of the forest is closely linked to the Murray River and itâs flooding regime, creating a diverse natural habitat for a variety of wildlife, particularly waterbirds. Barmah-Millewa is a wetland of international significance and it is an important bird area because of the endangered Superb Parrot. Also it is an important breeding ground for a number of birds, including Yellow-Billed Spoonbill, Nankeen Night Heron, Royal Spoonbill, Intermediate Egret, Great Egret and the Australian Ibis. As well as the fantastic birds the Barmah-Millewa forest provides habitat for numerous threatened plant and animal species, fish and reptiles and supports colonies of breeding waterbirds during appropriate seasonal conditions.
St Arnaud Range National Park
A great way to see the St Arnaud Range National Park is to take the Centre Road Nature Drive as it passes through St Arnaud Regional Park, St Arnaud State Forest, Stoney Creek Nature Conservation Reserve and St Arnaud Range National Park.
The drive is approximately 50 km long starting from the Wimmera Highway although from Stuart Mill Gap Road to Redbank an off road vehicle is recommended.
The St Arnaud State Forests offer visitors a wonderful mixture and cornucopia of natural and cultural history, abundant wildlife and a rich diversity of flowers.
The forests were originally inhabited by the Wungaragira Gundidj Clan, who belonged to the Dja Dja Wurrung language group. European occupation has included stock grazing as well as alluvial and shallow reef mining for gold. The forests have also been an important source of timber for sawlog, fence posts, palings and firewood. Harvested species include yellow gum, grey box and red ironbark.
The National Parks of Victoria are a treasure just waiting to be explored by the intrepid tourist and visitor. A short drive from Bendigo will take you to another place and time.
Getting to and from any of these great venues is made easier with low-cost coach charter services from Bendigo Coachlines.
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