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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne,






The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, 65 km SE of Melbourne, is one of Victoria’s most precious areas of native bushland and offers nature-lovers the chance to explore 363 hectares of untouched heathlands, wetlands and woodlands.

These expansive natural park gardens are also home to thriving bird and animal life, including several rare and endangered species, and is the ancestral home of the Mayone-Bulluk clan of the Boonerwurung people.

The diverse remnant bushland represents a rare glimpse of the type of vegetation which covered much of the Westernport and port Phillip Bay regions.

From as long ago as the 1820s some sections of the site were extensively sand mined. From 1889 until the 1960s the site was used by the military with licences also issued for sand extraction, grazing and timber felling.

The Park was established in 1970, for the purpose of the conservation, research, display and enjoyment of Australian native plants, and first opened to the public in 1989.

The site includes the beautiful "Australian Garden".

The Park has a network of well-signposted walking trails.

I visited the Park on a bleak windy rainy day on March 30, 2007, and did about 5 km on various tracks, including the climb to Trig Point Lookout.

Take care - watch out for snakes and don't disturb the bandicoots!

My photo album of this trip is at:

http://worldisround.com/articles/327080/index/html

For further information, see: http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/home

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