The mountain ash forests are filled with wildlife. At night you can hear the calls of owls and gliders and by day the forests are filled with the cheerful song of wrens, rosellas, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos and the exhuberant Gang Gang Cockatoos.

In some areas of the forests around Warburton, Marysville and Toolangi at night  you might even hear the “tsk tsk” alarm call of the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum.

In a few secret streams you can find the tiny endangered Barred Galaxias. Higher in the Torbreck region you might find the tiny and endangered Spotted Tree Frog. Over in the Baw Baw’s, Victoria’s only endemic frog, the Baw Baw Frog sings from the alpine fens and the forest.

Beware the mimicry of the legendary Superb Lyrebird, for each one tells a different tale about the myriad of different birds and other activities in the forests. A single lyrebird will have you believing it is at least 16 various birds.

Listen to the Sounds of the Great Forests

Wildlife recordings by Listening Earth from the old-forests of the Central Highlands of Victoria


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The traditional custodians of this country include the Bunurong (Boon Wurrung), Gunaikurnai, Taungurung (Daung warring) and Wurundjeri indigenous Australians. We acknowledge this land belongs to the sovereign people of the First Nations. This land was stolen from them and their sovereignty was never ceded. This park conservation plan is subject to ongoing discussions and approvals with relevant clans and corporations and fully supports and recognises all their cultural rights, control and access.


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