Address: Sassafras VIC 3787
Phone: 13 19 63
Located only 35km east of Melbourne. Covering 3215 hectares, the park plays an important role in protecting a population of famous lyrebirds and other fauna, as well as protecting the forests and fern gullies of the Ranges. On the edges of the park are a string of Mountain townships with shops specialising in art and crafts, antiques, bric-a-brac and devonshire teas. Best known for its mountain ash and elegant ferns, there are over 350 native plant species growing here including stringy bark, native grasses, spider orchids, flowering bush peas and many different wildflowers. There are more than 30 animal species that inhabit the park including echidnas, wallabies, lyrebirds, cockatoos, rosellas, currawongs, kangaroos and many shy and elusive night feeders. Bushwalking is popular with over 300km of walking tracks across the park, they range from leisurely strolls to more challenging walks of 35km. Picnickers are well catered for with natural forest settings, grassy glades, gas and electric bbqs and some fireplaces.