Trust For Nature

Corangamite properties

Trust for Nature owns six properties in the Corangamite region

  • Mount Elephant
  • Henriksen Sanctuary
  • Linton Nature Reserve
  • Casuarina Woodlands
  • Dog Rocks
  • Clarkesdale Bird Sanctuary



Mount Elephant

Mount Elephant is a 240-metre high scoria cone formed by an extinct volcano, with a well-preserved, almost perfect crater that drops 90 metres into the mountain.

The Australian Heritage Commission lists Mt Elephant on the register of National Estate 'as one of the highest and one of the major scoria cones in the largest homogenous volcanic plains on earth.'

Trust for Nature purchased the property in partnership with the community in December 2000. Mount Elephant is an iconic place that can be seen from at least 60 kilometres away.

For more information visit the Mount Elephant website.

Mount Elephant Crater


Henriksen Sanctuary

Trust for Nature purchased this six hectare property near Apollo Bay in the Otway Ranges in 2001.

The property contains a good example of remnant Moist Foothill Forest.

Henricksen Sanctuary


Linton Nature Reserve

Trust for Nature purchased this 22 hectare property on the Glenelg Highway, Linton, in 1975. The community raised funds and Trust for Nature obtained a grant to save the property after it was set to be subdivided.

The site is a large forest remnant in the outlying residential area of Linton and consists of mostly Red Stringybark and Narrow-leaf Peppermint forest on sedimentary deposits from the Quaternary Period.

Linton Nature Reserve also features several floodplains and alluvium terraces.  It is likely this property supports a diverse population of birds, possums and bats.  It is managed by the Ballarat Field Naturalists with support from Trust for Nature.

Linton Reserve


Casuarina Woodlands

Trust for Nature bought this three hectare property near Winchelsea, west of Melbourne, with assistance from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, the Myer Charity Fund and community contributions raised through a public appeal.

The site is one of the few remnant casuarina woodlands left on the western plains as much of this vegetation type was cleared for agriculture.

Dominant tree species include Drooping She-oak with Manna Gum forming an open woodland, as well as scattered Bursaria, Black Wattle and Silver Wattle.

A small wetland encroaches on the property and contains a good range of aquatic plants including Water Milfoil.

A local Landcare group looks after this property on behalf of Trust for Nature and undertakes working-bees as needed.