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Port Phillip & Westernport

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  • Wimmera

    The Wimmera region is located in the central west of Victoria, covering approximately 30,000 km2. It extends along the South Australian state border in the west, from Big Desert Wilderness Area, south to Langkoop, then extends east into central Victoria to Stawell, and north to Warmur.

    The Wimmera is a varied landscape, from the rocky outcrops of the Grampians, to wooded plains and sandy desert. The region contains ecosystems such as Mallee, Plains Woodlands and Forests, Lower Slopes or Hills Woodlands, Wetlands, Dry Forests, Rocky Outcrop or Escarpment Scrubs, and Heathlands.

    These ecosystems provide habitat for some of our priority threatened species, like the Australian Bustard, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Rayed Blue Butterfly, Yellow-lip Spider-orchid and Forked Spyridium.

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  • West Gippsland

    The West Gippsland region is located in the middle of Victoria’s south-eastern coastline, covering approximately 17,500 km2. It extends from Wonthaggi on the coast in the south, along Melbourne’s south-eastern outskirts to Noojee, and past Licola in the north, and Loch Sport in the west.

    West Gippsland is a varied cross-section of Victoria’s landscape, from coastal scrub and wetlands, to woodlands, alpine grasslands and damp forests. The region contains ecosystems such as Dry Forests, Plains Woodlands or Forests, Lowland Forests, Box Ironbark Forests or dry/lower fertility Woodlands, Coastal Scrubs Grasslands and Woodlands, Rainforests, Riparian Scrubs or Swampy Scrubs and Woodlands, Wet or Damp Forests, Wetlands, and Sub-alpine Grasslands, Shrublands or Woodlands.

    These ecosystems provide habitat for some of our priority threatened species, like the Australasian Bittern, Growling Grass Frog, Giant Gippsland Earthworm, Warragul Burrowing Cray, Strzelecki Gum, Dwarf Kerrawang and Swamp Everlasting.

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  • Port Phillip & Westernport

    The Port Phillip & Westernport region bounds Melbourne and its outer reaches in a rough circle skewed to the east, covering approximately 13,000 km2. From Point Wilson on the west side of Port Phillip Bay, it extends north to Korweinguboora, then north east up to Lancefield, down to the south east outside of McMahons Creek, then runs south east in a rough S covering Powelltown, Drouin, Loch and San Remo, and across to Phillip Island and French Island.

    Although encompassing the densely populated city of Melbourne and its sprawling surrounding suburbs and towns, the region contains a diverse range of landscapes, from urban bushland to coastal mangroves, tall mountain forests to open woodlands. Port Phillip & Westernport’s biodiversity contains ecosystems such as Rainforests, Coastal Scrubs Grasslands and Woodlands, Herb-rich Woodlands, Box Ironbark Forests or dry/lower fertility Woodlands, Wetlands, Lowland Forests, Plains Grasslands and Chenopod Shrublands, Heathlands, and Wet or Damp Forests.

    These ecosystems provide habitat for some of our priority threatened species, like the Southern Brown Bandicoot, Helmeted Honeyeater, Spiny Rice-flower, Leafy Greenhood, and Matted Flax-lily.

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  • North East

    The North East region is located on the eastern border of New South Wales, covering approximately 19,500 km2. From Bundalong it follows the state border and the Murray River east, through the alps and down to the outskirts of Cobberas, then turns south down to Omeo, heads north and east over near Mt Buller, and north back up to the state border past Glenrowan.

    The state’s North East contains and rich landscape of river valleys, alpine mountains, open plains and forests. Ecosystems in the region include Wetlands, Dry Forests, Box Ironbark Forests or dry/lower fertility Woodlands, Riverine Grassy Woodlands or Forests, Montane Grasslands, Shrublands or Woodlands, and Sub-alpine Grasslands, Shrublands or Woodlands.

    These ecosystems provide habitat for some of our priority threatened species, like the Squirrel Glider, Regent Honeyeater, Barking Owl, Speckled Warbler, and Warby Range Swamp Gum.

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  • North Central

    The North Central region is located on border of New South Wales, covering approximately 46,700 km2. On the state border near Swan Hill, it follows the Murray River east to Echuca, then extends south and east in a rough circle down to Woodend, west to Avoca, then north back up to the border past Marnoo, Donald and Wycheproof.

    The state’s North Central landscape contains threatened grassland plains, swamps and wetlands, and a variety of wooded hills and lowland forests. Ecosystems in the region include Box Ironbark Forests or dry/lower fertility Woodlands, Wetlands, Riverine Grassy Woodlands or Forests, Plains Grasslands and Chenopod Shrublands, Lower Slopes or Hills Woodlands, Mallee, and Dry Forests.

    These ecosystems provide habitat for some of our priority threatened species, like the Plains-wanderer, Hooded Scaly-foot, Swift Parrot, Red Swainson-pea, and Red-cross Spider-orchid.

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  • Mallee

    The Mallee region is located in the north west corner of Victoria, covering approximately 39,000 km2. It’s the largest region in the state, and contains the largest private conservation property in Victoria – Trust for Nature’s Neds Corner Station reserve. From the Big Desert Wilderness on the South Australian border, extending up to the Murray River, then east along the New South Wales state border to Nyah West outside of Swan Hill, it then extends south east to Morton Plains and back to the eastern border.

    The Mallee is known for its arid landscapes, wooded plains, and seasonal floodplains. The region contains its self-named ecosystem Mallee, as well as Plains Woodlands or Forests, Plains Grasslands, Salt-tolerant and/or succulent Shrublands, Wetlands, Heathlands, Riverine Grassy Woodlands or Forests, and Riparian Scrubs or Swampy Scrubs and Woodlands.

    These ecosystems provide habitat for some of our priority threatened species, like the Gile’s Planigale, De Vis’ Banded Snake, Regent Parrot, Narrow-leaf Emu-bush, and Kneed Swainson-pea.

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  • Goulburn Broken

    The Goulburn Broken region, named for the Goulburn and Broken rivers, is located on border of New South Wales, covering approximately 24,300 km2. On the state border on the outskirts of Echuca, it follows the Murray River east to Yarrawonga, then extends south and east in a rough circle past Mount Buller, west past Marysville and Kilmore, then north back up to the border past Pyalong, Costerfield and Timmering.

    Victoria’s Goulburn Broken landscape includes alpine forests and wooded plains, to river valleys and grasslands. Ecosystems in the region include Dry Forests, Riverine Grassy Woodlands or Forests, Box Ironbark Forests or dry/lower fertility Woodlands, Lower Slopes or Hills Woodlands, Wetlands, and Wet or Damp Forests.

    These ecosystems provide habitat for some of our priority threatened species, like the Bush Stone-curlew, Grey-crowned Babbler, Superb Parrot, Euroa Guinea-flower, and Silky Swainson-pea.

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  • Corangamite

    The Corangamite region is located on the south coast west of Melbourne, covering approximately 13,000 km2. Its coverage extends from the western edge of Port Phillip Bay near Geelong, along the coast past Cape Otway and Port Campbell to Nirranda South, then reaches north past Camperdown, Vite Vite and Ballarat to Korweinguboora, and heads back south to the coast past Ballan, Anakie and Avalon.

    Corangamite is known for its wild coastal landscape along the Great Ocean Road, its lush inland Otways forests, and ancient volcanic plains. Ecosystems in the region include Wet or Damp Forests, Dry Forests, Coastal Scrubs Grasslands and Woodlands, Wetlands, Lowland Forests, Plains Woodlands or Forests, Plains Grasslands and Chenopod Shrublands, and Heathy Woodlands.

    These ecosystems provide habitat for some of our priority threatened species, like the Corangamite Water Skink, Rufous Bristlebird, Golden Sun Moth, and Velvet Daisy-bush.

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  • East Gippsland

    The East Gippsland region is located in the south-east corner of Victoria, covering approximately 21,000 km2. It extends along the southern coast from the Gippsland Lakes to the New South Wales border, across the eastern forests and north into the high country above Dargo.

    Generally known for its lush forests, rugged alpine wilderness and wild beautiful beaches, East Gippsland’s biodiversity contains ecosystems such as Lowland Forests, Dry Forests, Rainforests, Wet or Damp Forests, Heathy Woodlands, Wetlands and Sub-Alpine Grasslands, Shrublands or Woodlands.

    These ecosystems provide habitat for some of our priority threatened species, like the Masked Owl, Lace Goanna, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Lewin’s Rail, Bushy Hedgehog-grass, Dwarf Kerrawang and Limestone Blue Wattle.

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  • Glenelg Hopkins

    The Glenelg Hopkins region is located in the south west corner of Victoria, covering approximately 25,000 km2. From Nelson on the west coast it runs along the South Australian border up to Poolaijelo, then extends east to the outskirts of Ballarat, then south west back down to the coast near Nullawarre.

    Glenelg Hopkins contains a varied landscape of wild coastline, grassy and woodland plains, and the lower reaches of the rocky Grampians mountains. Ecosystems in the region include Lowland Forests, Heathy Woodlands, Lower Slopes or Hills Woodlands, Dry Forests, Herb-rich Woodlands, Wetlands, Rocky Outcrop or Escarpment Shrubs, and Coastal Scrubs Grasslands and Woodlands.

    These ecosystems provide habitat for some of our priority threatened species, like Brolga, Latham’s Snipe, Striped Legless Lizard, Gorae Leek-orchid, and Adamson’s Blown-grass.

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Ben Cullen

Ben Cullen

Regional Manager, Port Phillip & Westernport

Ben oversees our conservation initiatives in the Port Phillip & Westernport region of Victoria.

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