Brisbane Ranges National Park
The Brisbane Ranges National Park is a national park in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, The 7,718-hectare (19,070-acre) national park is situated approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) west of Melbourne near the town of Meredith and is managed by Parks Victoria. The park covers part of the Brisbane Ranges, an area of hills of moderate elevation.
|Brisbane Ranges National Park|
A white-winged Chough pictured in the park in 2008.
|Nearest town or city||Meredith|
|Established||15 August 1973|
|Area||77.18 km2 (29.8 sq mi)|
|Managing authorities||Parks Victoria|
|Website||Brisbane Ranges National Park|
|See also||Protected areas of Victoria|
The park features a number of walking tracks, of which the walk through Anakie Gorge is the most popular. Other attractions include the Ted Errey Nature Circuit and Wadawurrung walk. Relatively flat and suitable for those of moderate fitness, the walk features views of the Gorge itself and the presence of koalas and wallabies in their wild state. Some of the resident wallabies are relatively unafraid of tourists and may often study the passing visitors.
In January 2006, lightning sparked a bushfire in the Steiglitz historical area which soon spread throughout the Brisbane Ranges. Despite lengthy efforts to control the fire from Department of Sustainability and Environment, Parks Victoria and the Country Fire Authority fire fighters, the blaze incinerated 6,700 hectares (17,000 acres) of parkland and destroyed two houses without loss of human life. A subsequent bushfire one year later also threatened much of the national park.
- "Brisbane Ranges National Park Management Plan" (PDF). Parks Victoria (PDF). September 1997. p. 2. ISBN 0-7306-6702-2. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- "A complete history of the park" (PDF). Parks Victoria (PDF). Government of Victoria. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2008.
- Brisbane Ranges Park Notes, Parks Victoria, September 2005
- "Fires approach Anakie homes". The Age. AAP. 22 January 2006. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Lucas, Clay (26 January 2006). "Ember attack hits Erica". The Age. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- "Bushfires threaten properties in north-east Vic". ABC News. Australia. 17 January 2007. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Peake, Jacqui; Watt, Jarrod (10 October 2007). "Brisbane Ranges: wildflowers after fire". ABC News Ballarat. Australia. Retrieved 10 August 2014.