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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Buttongrass Nature Trail - Bunyip State Park

Pix taken on April 2, 2012, in the Buttongrass Nature Reserve, Bunyip State Park, 80 km east of Melbourne.

The 3 km circuit Trail starts on Guide Track, off Camp Road, and wanders through forest and heathland, where an extensive range of plants including hakea, wattles, tea-tree, mistletoe, swamp bush pea and button grass may be seen.

There are informative noticeboards at the start of the Trail to help identify the flora and fauna.

This tranquil path was created thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Bunyip State Park.

Near the end of the walk there is also the idyllic but mysterious Buttongrass Dam – although for anyone nervous about bunyip legends, they may prefer to keep their distance!

Deer inhabit the Reserve, and should not be confused with the bunyips!

The reserve, fauna, flora and infrastructure were severely damaged in the disastrous Bunyip Ridge fires of February 2009, and there has been amazing regeneration and regrowth.

Some blackened trail markers remain, as stark testimony to the intensity of the fires.

See the complete set of Photos of my visit, and the YouTube video.

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