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Rainforests & forests

Victoria

  • Black Spur Drive, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia

Wander through Victoria's lush rainforest regions and discover unique ecosystems teeming with native flora and fauna. Get off the beaten track and walk beneath stands of towering mountain ash or myrtle beech. Lose yourself in magical fern gullies and watch native birdlife swooping around moss-covered trees and vines.

Glow worms and walkways
Walk along the spectacular observation platform and rainforest walkway on the southern slopes of Mount Donna Buang in the Yarra Ranges National Park. See the glow worms at night surrounded by myrtle beech, blackwood and tree-ferns in Melba Gully in The Otways or visit the mossy climes of Errinundra Saddle in East Gippsland and let your imagination run wild.

Across Victoria
Rainforest can be found in five main regions across Victoria: The Otways along the Great Ocean Road, The Central Highlands, East Gippsland, Wilsons Promontory and the Strzelecki Ranges. And although rainforest covers just 0.14 per cent of the Victoria, these regions contain 30 per cent of all of the state's rare or threatened flora species.

Victoria is home to two kinds of rainforest: cool temperate rainforest and warm temperate rainforest. Cool temperate rainforest is more common and can be found in highland areas, which boast higher rainfall and more fertile soils. Warm temperate rainforest grows in lower lying areas and some coastal regions in South Gippsland.