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  •   Melbourne - Natural Attractions

•   Dandenong Ranges National Park
Dandenong Ranges National Park is an important lyrebird habitat. It has some spectacular stands of Mountain Ash and lovely fern gullies. There are walks and picnic areas and close by there are cafes, craft shops and the famous Puffing Billy railway.

•   Kinglake National Park
Kinglake National Park on the Great Dividing Range offers superb views of the Melbourne area, Masons Falls (admission fee applies), walks and picnic and barbeque facilities. Camping is also permitted.

•   Yarra Ranges National Park
Yarra Ranges National Park has rainforest, fern gullies and Mountain Ash trees. It is home to an abundance of fauna, including the endangered Leadbetter's Possum. There is a rainforest observation platform and walkway, walks, scenic drives and picnic and camping areas.

•   Grampians National Park
Grampians National Park offers superb scenery with sandstone peaks, waterfalls and an abundance of native birds and animals. There are also walking tracks catering for every fitness level.

•   French Island
French Island is a 30 minute ferry ride from the mainland. It includes mangrove salt marshes and open forest with an extensive wildlife population. To get around there are buses, walks and bike tracks. Camping is permitted.

•   Churchill National Park
Churchill National Park is remnant bushland and regrowth forest in the suburbs of Melbourne. There are walking tracks, bike trails and picnic and barbeque facilities.

•   Brisbane Ranges National Park
Brisbane Ranges National Park features rocky gorges and spectacular wildflowers, and is known for its bird life and a large koala population. There are walks, lookouts, basic camping facilities and picnic and barbeque facilities.

•   Mornington Peninsula National Park
Mornington Peninsula National Park was created as a Bicentennial project and features rocky coastline scenery. There are walking tracks, displays, historic sites and picnic areas. To prevent overcrowding, numbers are limited in the Point Nepean area, so bookings are essential.

•   Warrandyte State Park
Warrandyte State Park is situated north-east of the city on the Yarra River, and features historic goldfields and the distinctive blue-green foliage of the Red Box, the most common eucalypt in the park. In spring many wildflowers bloom, and the area is a habitat for many native animals. There are walks and picnic facilities, and swimming is permitted. A popular way to see the park is by canoe along the Yarra.

•   Hanging Rock
Hanging Rock is an extraordinary group of rocks, which have achieved something of a mythic status in Australia. It is the setting for the novel and movie Picnic at Hanging Rock, which tells of the mysterious disappearance of a group of schoolgirls on Valentine's Day 1900. The area is now a popular place for picnics and walks.

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