Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Holey Plains - Take Your Pick…

…pine plantations to the left, native forest to the right.

G’day All,
No real choice is there?

Duncan and I have been blogging on a bit about Holey Plains from time to time. Holey Plains State Park in central Gippsland covers an area of 10,460 hectares of mostly Banksia-Eucalypt open-forests and woodlands growing on a series of low sandy ridges. The park, proclaimed in 1977, protects an extremely high diversity of native flora and abundant wildlife, while providing for bush walking, picnicking, camping and other activities.

The park was formally part of a squatting run taken up in the 1840's by the Crooke family, whose homestead is to the north of the park. The property was named "Holey Plains" because the alluvial land along the Latrobe River has many yabby holes, unlike the sandy country that makes up the park.

Private pine plantations surround, and in places intrude into the park area, so there is a constant contrast of habitat for the flora and fauna. We have come across some stunning wildflowers along the edges of the plantations. While I was in this area yesterday, I sprung several emus and swamp wallabies among the pines. I have to admit though, there was not much birdlife to the left of the track.

The vegetation within the park is diverse, including numerous eucalypts, banksias, acacias, grass trees, heaths, peas, and apparently a recorded 25 species of orchid.

Well over 100 bird species have been recorded, and of course it is ideal territory for kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums, echidnas, goannas and the like.

Holey Plains is a great playground for a very amateur naturalist. Most of the country closest to me is heavily modified dairy and grazing land that is rather sterile in regard to native species of flora and fauna. Holey Plains is also completely different to the foothill country of the Great Dividing Range to my north.

Love the place. Now, if someone could just come up with a method of eradicating the Psteridium esculentum that’s in there, we’d really be set!
PS: Hope you like the new template.


  1. Hello Gouldiae,

    Although pine harvesting is preferable to our native timber any day, the pine forests are a blight, in my opinion. Let's hope nothing ever changes the status of the Park.

  2. The right side of the road looks and sounds like a great spot.

    I'm not surprised at wallabies among the pines but I'm surprised at emus. How far in were they. I wouldn't have thought there would be much to eat in there.

  3. G'day JL & Mosura,
    Great minds think alike.
    The Emus were inside the pines a fair way. Mind you, the pines were only young and there was still some pasture between the rows.
    Meant to mention in the blog, can you see Duncan camouflaged in the bottom right hand corner of the second picture?

  4. Hi Gouldiae, we have pine forests around us up here too. Fortunately the other side is the Great Sandy National Park. The pine seeds blow everywhere and pine trees grow up in any bit of land possible - even along the edges of the wallum country. A real pest!

  5. Oh yeah... didn't notice hime before. I thought the hat was a burnt log.

  6. Geez, I've never been described as a burnt log before.... been called all sorts of other names though....

  7. Down with the pines! Leave 'em to my fellow Kiwis. Though some black cockatoos do love green cones.

    And an apology. Hit publish and your Wow comment vanished. (Found 10 snakes yesterday: warming up in Ingham!)