Woodlands Historic Park

Kangaroos in a patch of Chocolate Lilies on the former Greenvale Sanatorium Land in Woodlands Historic Park

Woodlands Historic Park, north of Melbourne Airport, is an area of 820 ha preserved under the National Parks Act for passive recreation and the conservation of natural and historic values.

Woodlands Historic Park balancing stone
Where is this rock? Take the tour to find out.

The name "Woodlands" is taken from the name of one of the properties acquired to form the park, as described on the history page, but it also describes the original landscape of widely spaced trees.

Attractions for the visitor include a large population of wild Kangaroos, many ancient River Red Gum and Grey Box Trees, prolific bird life, scenic granite outcrops and the view of the city from Gellibrand Hill. For the past 28 years the park has been a major site for conservation of the Endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Historical highlights include Aboriginal scar trees, Victoria's first granite quarry and Woodlands Homestead.

Woodlands Historic Park is managed by Parks Victoria. On their website you can find the latest management plan, dating from 1997 when the area of the park was 116 ha less and the area of the Back Paddock was at least 120 ha more. You can also find a "parknote" containing a map which is up to date apart from the position of the Back Paddock fence.

Here is a more recent map created by Parks Victoria for the information shelter at the Somerton Road picnic ground. The latest map produced by Parks Victoria can be downloaded for free but is only viewable with a third party app on mobile devices.

There are various other maps on this site including this clickable satellite map which is mainly an aid to describing the vegetation and the land use history of the park.

About This Site

This site is independent: neither Parks Victoria nor any other organisation has any control over it, although everyone is encouraged to make comments and suggestions via the Contact link at the bottom of each page. The site provides in-depth, up to date information about the park as it is today, as well as some aspects of its history that are not well documented elsewhere. It also covers some areas of land adjoining the park which are associated with the park or have a large impact on it. A major aim is to describe the biodiversity of the park and its environs, how it has deteriorated since European invasion and how it continues to be threatened.

This site is truly non-profit: nobody gets paid for working on it. So far we have not had to pay for hosting, and have even been too stingy to pay for a domain name. Any advertising is provided as a community service.

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