Mornington Peninsula n park



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Mornington Peninsula N Park

Greens Bush



Situated between Arthurs Seat and Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula and only 90 kilometres from Melbourne, Greens Bush is the largest remnant of bushland on the Peninsula. Surrounded by farmland, the area contains a variety of vegeta on communi es, making it a wildlife haven and excellent place for nature walking.




How to get there
The na onal park is 90 kilometres south of Melbourne. The northern sec on of Greens Bush can be accessed from Baldrys Road, Main Ridge and the southern sec on from Boneo Road, Flinders.

Things to see and do

Peaceful surroundings and the natural beauty of the bush make the area excellent for walking, picnicking and observing nature. Explore Greens Bush on foot via a network of walking trails.


Walks


Arrow markers outline walking tracks throughout the na onal park. Orange arrow markers indicate longer ‘through routes’ and blue markers indicate local ‘circuit walks’.

Short walks

Baldrys Short Circuit Walk, 1.6km


Star ng at Baldry Crossing, this short but rewarding walk takes you through eucalypt forest.

Baldrys Long Circuit Walk, 3.6km


This longer circuit passes through several cool, moist fern gullies which are a welcome contrast to the drier Peppermint and Manna Gum woodlands.

Longer walks

Long Point Circuit, 4km

Accessed off the Two Bays Track, or midway between Highfield and Gate 3 on Rogers Road, this circuit passes through eucalypt woodlands with views across open grasslands and shady gullies.



Two Bays Walking Track, 8.9km


This longer walk, an excellent way to see Greens Bush, is a link in the 26km bush corridor from Dromana to Cape Schanck. There are several highlights along the trail; eucalypt forest mixed with spectacular stands of grasstrees, pockets of Melaleuca thickets, picturesque fern gullies, coastal heath and open grasslands. The Two Bays

Walking Track is iden fied by a circular symbol displaying a Blue Wren, which can be seen on signage along the track.


Crossing Boneo Road, the southern sec on of the Two Bays Track leads to Bushrangers Bay and on to Cape Schanck Lighthouse (see Cape Schanck parknote). This track forms part of the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk, linking exis ng tracks across the Peninsula.

Flora & fauna

Greens Bush is home to a diversity of plants and animals. It is rich in birdlife, mammals and rep les which live among the na ve plant communi es.


At dawn and dusk, Eastern Grey Kangaroos feed at Highfield and shy Koalas can occasionally be seen along Main Creek. Most of the mammals in the park are nocturnal. As the light fades, listen for the twi ering of Ringtail Possums and Sugar Gliders.

History

In 1926 the Green family purchased 900 hectares of land for farming but retained much of the natural bushland. A er extensive clearing across the Peninsula, the Na onal Trust listed the Green property as classified landscape in 1974.


In 1975 the State government purchased 500 hectares from the Greens with the inten on of crea ng a park. Funds were limited, and in 1986 a public appeal was launched by the Victorian Conserva on Trust to buy the remaining area. Over

$1.3 million was raised and following purchase, Greens Bush is now part of Mornington Peninsula Na onal Park.


Cinnamon Fungus invasion


Some of the na ve plants of Greens Bush are dying because of a microscopic fungus, Cinnamon Fungus (Phytophthora cinnamomi.)People can unwi ngly transmit the fungus spores on their shoes, which is why some parts of Greens Bush are not accessible to visitors.










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