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.