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					                                   Mornington Peninsula
                                   National Park
                                   Greens Bush
                                   Situated between Arthurs Seat and Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula and only 80
                                   kilometres from Melbourne, Greens Bush is the largest remnant of bushland on the Peninsula.
                                   Surrounded by farmland, this island of native forest is a wildlife haven.

                                   Peaceful surroundings and the natural beauty of the bush make the area excellent for walking,
                                   picnicking and observing nature. Explore the walking tracks that weave through Greens Bush
                                   and discover the many different vegetation communities in the park - from eucalypt forests to
                                   fern gullies, heathlands and grasslands.




                                   Short Walks                                                      A public appeal
                                   From Baldry Crossing (Melway map 254 G6)                         In 1926 the Green family purchased 900 hectares of land,
                                     • Short Circuit, 1.6 km                                        and although they used it for farming, much of the natural
                                       A short but rewarding walk that takes you through            bushland was retained. Extensive clearing occurred
                                       eucalypt forest. Peppermint, Messmate and Manna              over the Mornington Peninsula, and the National Trust,
                                       Gum are the dominant overstorey species.                     recognising the conservation value of Greens Bush, listed
                                                                                                    the area as classified landscape in 1974.
                                     • Longer Circuit, 3.6 km
                                       This track weaves further into the forest. There are         In 1975 the State government purchased 500 hectares
                                       several creek crossings, and the green, moist fern           from the Green family with the intention of creating a
                                       gullies are a welcome contrast to the drier forest.          park. Funds were limited, and in 1986 a public appeal
                                                                                                    was launched by the Victorian Conservation Trust to
                                   From Long Point Road                                             buy the remaining area. Over $1.3 million was raised
                                     • Long Point Circuit, 4 km                                     and following purchase, Greens Bush is now part of
                                       Beginning at the end of Long Point Road (Melway              Mornington Peninsula National Park.
                                       map 259 G6) this walk passes through eucalypt
                                       forest with a bracken understorey before opening             The invader
                                       out to give a view across grasslands and gullies of          Some of the native plants of Greens Bush are dying
                                       Coast Banksia and Blackwood.                                 because of a microscopic fungus, Cinnamon Fungus or
                                                                                                    Phytophthora cinnamomi. People can unwittingly transmit
                                   A longer walk                                                    the fungus by going through infected areas and picking
  Parks Victoria Ranger              • Two bays Walking Track, 8.9 km                               up spores on their shoes or on vehicle tyres or horses’
                                       This longer walk, an excellent way to see Greens             hooves. This is why some parts of Greens Bush have
                                       Bush, is a link in the 26 km bush corridor from              been closed to visitors.
                                       Dromana to Cape Schanck. There are several
  “Victoria has all the outdoors
                                       highlights along the trail - eucalypt forest mixed with      Caring for the park
you could wish for – mountains,        spectacular stands of grasstree (the taller grasstrees       To ensure this unique area is protected, please:
forests, beaches and bushland,         may be over 200 years old), pockets of tea-tree              • observe “Area Closed” signs.
                                       thicket alive with birds, picturesque fern gullies and       • keep to formed walking tracks and avoid wet areas
     all preserved in our parks.
                                       open grasslands.                                               (Cinnamon Fungus spores can be transported in soil
  Our natural landscapes have
                                                                                                      and in water).
 been here longer than anyone      A home for wildlife                                              • do not collect plant or animal specimens as all plants
  knows, and together we can       Birds on the forest floor, in the scrub, in the tree canopy...      and animals are protected by law.
                                   there is lots of birdlife in Greens Bush. Look for wrens,        • bring a bag and take any rubbish away with you.
make sure they’re here forever.”   honeyeaters, parrots and birds of prey such as the               • leave your dog at home. Dogs can disturb other
                                   Black-shouldered Kite and Wedge-tailed Eagle.                      visitors and wildlife, and are not permitted in
                                                                                                      Greens Bush.
                                   In the early morning or at dusk, you can often see
                                   kangaroos feeding in the open grasslands. Black                  Futher Information
                                   Wallabies prefer the forest and are well camouflaged in           Further information on Mornington Peninsula
     For more information
                                   the shadows with their darker coat. However, most of the         National Park is available on 5986 9100 or 13 1963.
    call the Parks Victoria        mammals in the park are nocturnal.                               www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
        Information Centre
              on 13 1963 or        As the light fades, listen for the soft twittering of Ringtail
                                   Possums or Sugar Gliders. The Little Forest Eptesicus
       visit our website at                                                                                                                           April 2004
                                   Bat makes a higher-pitched call as it searches for insects,
   www.parkweb.vic.gov.au          usually eaten on the wing.
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                                                             Lighthouse (6km)                                                                  10km

				
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