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Wildflowers, Gardens, Wildlife and Birds

One of the most striking features of the Grampians is the rich and colourful wildflower display best seen during late winter through to summer.

This is one of Australia’s richest flora areas with over 1,000 species.

Twenty of these, including Grampians Thryptomene, Grampians Gum, Grampians Bauera and Parrot Pea, are found nowhere else in the world. From the yellow of the wattles and banksias, the white of the Grampians Thryptomene, Smokebush, Heaths and Hakeas, the pinks of the Heath, Calytrix and Micromyrtus the heathlands comes to life with colour.

Upon closer inspection, one can discover the rare tinsel lily, many beautiful orchids, spectacular orange and yellow peas and a multitude of other herbs and shrubs.

Most of these plants may be seen along the Asses Ears Road, Lodge Road and the Rose Creek Road as well as the Roses Gap Road, Mount Zero Road and Pohlner’s Track. For the keener visitor, the Black Range wildflowers can also be spectacular.

The Grampians is home to over 200 bird species.

The low open shrubby woodlands in the park support many nectar-feeding birds, and the tall open forest is important for hollow-dependent species such as the:

  • Powerful Owl
  • ducks
  • members of the parrot family
  • many blue wrens, scrub wrens and robins.

Over forty species of mammal have been recorded in the park. They include  possums, kangaroos, wallabies, gliders, echidnas and koalas. There are also many lizards and skinks.

The Wartook Valley is perhaps the best area in the Grampians to view large mobs of kangaroos, and large populations of emus particularly on the Northern Grampians Road and Roses Gap Road. Be extra careful driving at night and early in the morning on these roads.

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