Alfred National Park
The Alfred National Park is a national park located in the East Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria. The 3,050-hectare (7,500-acre) national park is situated approximately 388 kilometres (241 mi) east of Melbourne and was declared in 1925.
|Alfred National Park|
Ferns within the Alfred National Park
|Nearest town or city||Cann River|
|Area||30.50 km2 (11.8 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Parks Victoria|
|Website||Alfred National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of Victoria|
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The park reserves examples of warm temperate rainforest, particularly the jungle of Mount Drummer. Compared to the tropical rainforests of Queensland and New South Wales, this is a floristically depauperate forest, representing as it does the southern limit of this flora. This region is biogeographically interesting as the meeting point between the subtropical flora of the north of Australia and the cool temperate and arid zone floras of the south and west. The rainforest community consists of a closed canopy of Lilly Pilly Acmena smithii with numerous lianas, ferns and epiphytes. The park is particularly known for occurrence of four varieties of tree ferns and of epiphytic orchids such as the orange-blossom orchid Sarcochilus falcatus and the rock orchid Dendrobium speciosum. The park was burnt quite badly in the 1983 'Ash Wednesday' bushfires.