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!
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