Terrick Terrick National Park . Terricks . Mitiamo Rock . Patho West NCR . Indigenous grasslands . Terrick Terrick East . The Meadows
northern Victoria and the Southern Riverina
Terrick Terrick National Park
including outlying indigenous grassland sections
• Click here to download the latest Friends of TTNP Newsletter
• An annual Activities Weekend is held on the first weekend of October each year. Base is the Davies homestead site, Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road (about 2km south of Jungaburra Road). Please note that the homestead has been demolished but the machinery shed and a demountable remain. The Davies homestead site camp ground is only available for the Activities Weekend and cannot be accessed at other times. This annual weekend is organised by the Friends of the Terrick Terrick National Park Inc.
The 2018 Friends weekend is to run from 2.30pm Friday 5th October until noon Sunday 7th October.
• During October 2017, several uncommon bird species were observed in the park, including Black Honeyeater (in forest), Painted Honeyeater (in forest), Blue-winged Parrot (near "The Meadows") and Spotted Harrier (flying low over grasslands). A mixed flock of about 1,000 woodswallows was observed over Allen Track on 30th September.
• Roads marked "Dry weather only" are, indeed, dry weather roads. Some of the unsealed roads are very slippery after rain and should be avoided. However, they usually dry out after a few days. In particular, Tomara Road, Clee Road and Davis Road really should be avoided after rain.
When Bendigo Creek is in flood, Jungaburra Road may be cut by floodwaters east of Kow Swamp Road - it was cut during September and October 2016. Sylvaterre-Lake Timms Road (aka Mitiamo Forest Road), however, is an all-weather road that gives access to the forested section of the park.
In September and October 2016, there were great wildflower displays both in the forested section of the park and on the red (higher) soils of the grasslands. The wildflower display was no-where near as spectacular in the spring of 2017.
If you wish to observe Plains-wanderers, please contact Australian Ornithological Services Pty Ltd (Phil Maher). Phil runs commercial Plains-wanderer weekends on the Hay Plains and caters for individuals as well as small groups. Seek Phil's advice/help. For details, use a search engine to find his web site. It is unlikely that you will see Plains-wanderers in Terrick Terrick National Park despite the fact that a handful have been detected during a few of the surveys carried out under the supervision of a Parks Victoria ranger.
Plains-wanderers do not usually venture within about 200 metres of a tree or tall shrub. They seem to prefer native grasslands with spaces between clumps of native grass. At Terricks, sheep are sometimes grazed on grasslands as an ecological tool to reduce excess biomass (e.g. after rainfall events).
A booklet by Dr David Baker-Gabb, and a grassland booklet produced in 2017 by BirdLife Australia, both provide information about Plains-wanderers and their requirements.
In September 2017, a wild bird was captured on the verandah of an Epsom (Bendigo) house and conveyed to the Werribee Zoo where it is contained in a specially-built $300,00 enclosure; it is hoped that the bird will be part of a captive breeding program. Captive breeding programs are to be carried out at Werribee, Monarto and Western Plains zoos.Two Plains-wanderers were recently born at the Western Plains Zoo as part of their captive-breeding program. It is hoped to release the chicks into the wild if and when suitable habitat can be found and once they are old enough to survive in the wild.
• Some outlying grassland paddocks (including Roslynmead NCR, Roslynmead East NCR, Terrick Terrick East NCR, Kotta NCR, Tomara Gilgais NCR, Wanurp NCR, Pine Grove NCR and Canegrass Swamp Wildlife Reserve) were added to the national park and "officially opened" on 30th June 2010. 'The Meadows' is also a satellite area of the park.
In addition to these grassland reserves, crown land adjoining Bendigo Creek between Hopper Road and Balderson Road has been added to the national park. Between these two roads, Bendigo Creek is best accessed via Jungaburra Road, Riegel Road (unformed, dry weather only) or Forbes Road. This length of creek is being - or has been - fenced on both sides.
• The Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park Inc. has a Facebook page. Members may be able to add photos and comments to the page.
• Shooting is not permitted in any part of the national park. During the quail shooting season, DELWP Game Management Unit patrols the grassland sections of the park, especially during the Easter period.
There is now a page with photos of birds found within the park. Click here to enter.
* Because the biomass on some grassland paddocks is sometimes high to meet the needs of Plains-wanderer, Fat-tailed Dunnart and some other animals, some grassland paddocks are sometimes grazed or burnt. Where sheep are used as a management tool, sheep are usually (but not always) withdrawn in early Spring when native herbs and lillies are flowering and setting seed. A scientific committee has prepared a management plan for the grassland paddocks. Fencing is being erected so that the vegetation growing on red soils can be managed separately from areas of grey soil. Plains-wanderers prefer to live on the red soils.
This page last amended October 2017
known to locals as Mitiamo Rock, Mt. Terrick Terrick is a low granitic outcrop
rising above the flat riverine plains at Mitiamo, west of Echuca and north of Bendigo, in
northern Victoria. This hill, and two others, plus flat land surrounding
them are covered in bushland surrounded by flat grasslands and cropped country. Together,
the granitic outcrops, surrounding open forest, indigenous grassland plains and vegetation alongside Bendigo Creek form the core of
Terrick Terrick National Park. The park protects one of the few areas of relatively
undisturbed vegetation in northern Victoria. In the first decade of the 21st century, several outlying paddocks of native grassland were added to the National Park.
Parks Victoria's Terrick Terrick National Park page (click here to enter)
Click here to download a basic map of the park, including the grassland paddocks which became part of Terrick Terrick National Park in December 2009 (pdf file; excludes recent outlying additions to the park)
and the extraction of gravel in the past have had adverse impacts upon
the areas surrounding the rocky outcrops. Yellow Gum was cut and Callitris
Pine favoured. The understorey was depleted.
Before the national park was declared, the forested section was a State Park, and prior to the declaration of the State Park a reserve. Despite being a reserve
for many years, some forestry and grazing continued until late in the
twentieth century. Once these activities ceased, the vegetation began
to recover but what we see today is quite different from how the area
looked 200 years ago. There are more Callitris Pines and more tree thickets.
In places, the shrub layer is no more. In other places, the shrub layer
is recovering, young shrubs growing amongst a few very old ones.
Some of the original animal inhabitants are now locally extinct. But
others, e.g. Echidna and Kangaroos, have survived.
This page has a separate section about the human history of the Terrick Terrick area.
of a 1262 hectare grazing property, which was still covered
in native grasses and which supported more Plains-wanderers than any
area of comparable size in Victoria, plus the largest dunnart colony
in Victoria, resulted in the reserve's status being upgraded to a National Park.
The recently-acquired property is between the existing State Park and
an area east of Bendigo Creek. In
Victoria, grassy lowland plain is an endangered ecosystem. More recently, some outlying grassland blocks have been declared part of the National Park.
To the east of the forested section, Bendigo Creek runs through the main grassland section. The creek
area includes Lignum (a thin-leafed shrub which provides protection
for small birds) and River Red Gum. The grassland additions means Terrick Terrick
National Park has the largest native grassland area of any Victorian
large new additions, this park covered a contiguous area of 2,500 hectares. Additions
have increased the size to about 5,890 hectares.
Terrick National Park protects four distinct habitat areas:
including White Cypress Pine woodland
areas (including Bendigo Creek and dams)
There is a different composition
of plants and animals in each zone.
There are some prominent rocky outcrops in the park, including Mitiamo Rock (Mt Terrick Terrick) and Riegal Rock.
Terrick illustrates the old saying that what is a mountain in one region
may not even be called a hill in another: Mt Terrick Terrick is a mere 95 metres high.
The "Rock" can be climbed in a few minutes but allows great
views across the very flat plains of northern Victoria.
Rock Isotome (Isotoma axillaris) grows in cracks of granitic rock.
A variety of shrubs and grasses grow amongst rocky tors near the base of the rock outcrops. Some plants of this area include Deanes Wattle (Acacia deanii), Mint Bush and Rock Correa (Correa glabra).
Near one of the other granitic outcrops,
Reigal Rock, there are some aboriginal wells, both large and small,
one of which still has a rock cover lying alongside it! And the cap
fits. There are some aboriginal wells on the western side of Mt Terrick
Terrick, one of which still has its rock cap.
Some open forest in the park is dominated by Allocasuarina and some parts by Grey Box. But it is a native pine, White Cypress Pine, that dominates most of the woodland areas.
Terrick Terrick National Park has
Victoria's largest stand of native White Cypress Pine (Callitris glaucophylla), giving such sections of the park a European rather than Australian appearance.
Although White Cypress Pine is the dominant tree in much of the woodland, Grey Box usually grows amongst it. Many of the understorey plants have long since been lost from much of the woodland but everlastings and native grasses have recovered well.
The Grey Kangaroo, Black
Wallaby and Tree Goanna are common in the open woodland section of the park. Threatened or endangered birds
likely to be observed include Gilbert's Whistler, Mallee Ringneck, Cockatiel,
Diamond Firetail, Peaceful Dove, Eastern Yellow Robin (possibly a hybrid
between southern and northern forms) , Southern Whiteface, Grey-crowned
Babbler and Brown Tree Creeper (subspecies Victoria). The Black Honeyeater has occasionally been observed. A pair of Painted
Honeyeaters recently had a nest in the Park.
Diamond Firetail nests in the Park; its nests are often decorated with everlasting daisy flowers.
is sometimes observed on the western side of the reserve, rarely elsewhere
in the Park.
and Tasmanian forms of Striated Pardalote and Silvereye have been observed
in the Park. The local form of Striated Honeyeater has a red spot on
the shoulder whereas the Tasmania form has a yellow spot. Identify the
Tasmanian form of Silvereye by the rufous (brown) colour on its sides.
here to download an A4-sized pdf brochure on the birding spots of
Terrick Terrick National Park by Peter Allan and Keith Stockwell
here to download a bird list for Terrick Terrick National Park (pdf file; two A4-sized pages)
Click here for eBird's Terrick Terick birding hot pot page
Click here to read a report of an urban birder's visit to Terrick Terrick National Park
Access the open forest and rocky
outcrop section of the Park from Mitiamo Forest Road, at southern end
of park. Pamphlet box at entrance. VicRoads Map 30 E4. Topographic map:
Mitiamo-Patho 7725-N 1:50,000 (VicMap).
Apart from Mt Terrick Terrick (Mitiamo
Rock) area, few people (apart from bird observers) visit this park. But it is worth a visit, especially
in Spring when the everlastings are in bloom.
Now that cattle
grazing has ended and rabbit numbers have fallen, the vegetation is
recovering particularly well, there are lots of young pine trees and
everlastings are thriving. In places, wattle and hop bush are reappearing in the forested section.
Hakea, Sandalwood, Drooping She-oak and Bulloke are regenerating well
in parts of the park, e.g. to the eastern side of the cemetery and near the northern boundary. Some early visitors spoke of "bottlebrush" growing in the park; it is possible that they were referring to Hakea.
introduced weeds like Paterson's Curse, Horehound, Wheel Cactus (Prickly
Pear), Box Thorn and Capeweed are a problem in the forested section of the park.
Indigenous Grassland Plains
The grassland section of Terrick Terrick protects several
species of plant which are rare and threatened in the region, e.g. Annual
Buttons, Pepper Grass, Bottle Bluebush, Fragrant Leech Orchid and Murray
The first and largest grassland
plain addition to the Park was managed by the Davies family on a low-input basis,
grazing stock at conservative levels, from the early 1900s until the
late 1990s. They had no need to add super- phosphate, herbicides and
other chemicals. Fortunately for animals such as the Plains-wanderer
and the Hooded Scaley-foot, and plants such as Plains Leek-orchid and
Annual Buttons, the owners were not tempted by the economic returns
supposedly offered by the addition of super phosphate and so forth.
Rather, they preferred the conservative approach and enjoyed a unique
life-style. No fewer than 28 of the 1200 indigenous plants recorded
for the property are of significance. Annual Buttons, which grows on
the property and no where else, was believed to be extinct until discovered
growing on this property.
Some grasslands plants found here are Bottle Bluebush (Maireana excavata), Yam Daisy (Microseris lanceolata), Broughton Pea (Swainsona procumbens), Red Swainson-pea (Swainsona plagiotropis), Drumsticks (Pycenosorus globosus), Paper Sunray (Rhodanthe corymbiflora), Pink Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus exaltatus), Bulbine Lilly (Bulbine bulbosa), and Lemon Beauty Heads (Calocephalus citreus). In addition, the grasslands support a number of different native grasses, including Windmill Grass (Chloris truncata), Poa, Spear Grasses (Austrostipa spp), Wire Grass (Aristida ramosa) and Wallaby Grasses (Austrodanthonia and Amphibromus spp).
supports the largest known colony of Plains-wanderers in Victoria. The
Plains-wanderer is a small bird resembling Button Quail. This is a fastidious
bird, demanding native grasses and daisies and grassland tall enough
to conceal it from predators. Its plumage offers excellent camouflage.
A few years back, Deniliquin bird observer sighted 27 Plains-wanderer on
the grassland area. Parks Victoria believe that over 100 individuals
of this species live within the Park. Plains-wanderer are regularly observed on the evenings of the Friends weekend each October.
grassland birds are not prolific in number. Apart from Plains-wanderer,
some other birds often observed on the grasslands include Australasian
(Richards) Pipit and Brown Songlark.
The endangered Hooded Scaley-foot is a legless lizard found in the grasslands here; it grows up to 450mm in length.
are home to Victoria's largest colony of Fat-tailed Dunnarts. Dunnarts
may rely on a periodic abundance of such insects as locusts to stimulate
breeding. A local ecologist believes that locusts and grasshoppers play
an important role in the ecosystem and should not sprayed within the
Park. For more information, check out his Save
The Locust site. Many species of birds also feast on locusts and
The best time for visiting here
is Spring. It is usually very hot in summer. In summer and autumn, gaiters
are advisable to protect against grass seeds. March Flies can be annoying
in autumn. It is wise to avoid walking through high grass: the Brown
Snake is found here. A walking circuit could incorporate Mitiamo Rock,
Reigal's Rock and Rogers Road.
There are a number of out-lying grassland
reserves in this area, many of which, as a result of legislation passed in 2009, have been added to the Park: Roslynmead East NCR, Terrick Terrick East NCR (corner Tomara
Road and Clee Road), Tomara Gilgais NCR, Roslynmead NCR (between Davis
and Murray roads), Kotta NCR (alongside
Whitfield Road), Pine Grove NCR (alongside Mitiamo-Echuca Road), The Meadows Wildlife Reserve, Canegrass Swamp Wildlife Reserve (off Baxter Road),
As a management
tool, sheep will continue to lightly graze the grasslands area over Winter
to help keep introduced grasses at bay, to reduce the fire risk, to encourage the growth of native
grasses and to help ensure that the grassland meets the fastidious requirements
of the Plains-wanderer. The sheep are withdrawn when the native grasses are flowering and setting seed, i.e. over Spring and Summer. Conservation organisations and local conservationists support and advocate sheep grazing over Winter as a management tool.
See the indigenous plants section of this site for photographs and more information about the region's vegetation.
A long length of Bendigo Creek has recently been added to Terrick Terricki National Park. The addition extends from Hopper Road north to Balderston Road.
Bendigo Creek (formerly called Picanninny Creek) flows north through the main grassland area of the park. It is lined with Box, Red Gum and Lignum (Muehlenbeckia florulenta) This vegetation type is shown in the photograph at top of this page.
The importance of Lignum is not appreciated by many of us. Lignum, a large tangled shrub which is virtually leafless, provides good habitat for wrens and other small birds. It readily grows following heavy rain or minor flooding. It is a plant that prefers heavy grey soil depressions and is common along creek lines. Over the years, many farmers have removed lignum from their properties.
At night, Barn Owls, Boobooks and Tawny Frogmouths are sometimes seen along this section of Bendigo Creek.
The creek is reasonably wide in places, and some of the deeper pools almost always contain water.
Accessing the creek from the Davies homestead involves a reasonably long walk: the gate alongside the homestead is usually locked (except during the annual open weekend). The easiest way to see part of this habitat is via Jungaburra Road which crosses Bendigo Creek. It is possible to walk to the south for a considerable distance on public land alongside the creek. This section of the creek often affords good bird watching opportunities: e.g. Grey-crowned Babbler, White-necked Heron, Tree Martin, Brown Treecreeper, Superb Fairy Wren, Wedgetailed Eagle,Whistling Kite, Australian Ringneck and Red-rumped Parrot.
History of the area
Over thousands of years, rivers carried silt from the Great Dividing Range and deposit much of it over northern Victoria and southern NSW. Only a few outcrops of an earlier landscape protrude above the plains. The rocky, forested section of Terrick Terrick National Park is a remnant of an earlier landscape. Grasslands covered much of the plains whilst River Red Gum grew along the streams and Black Box grew on those areas of the plains only occasionally flooded for a few days at a time.
In such a flat landscape, uplifting along fault lines, has impacted upon rivers and led to the formation of wetlands such as the Barmah-Millewa wetlands, Gunbower-Perricoota-Koondrook forest, Kanyapella Basin and Lake Cooper.
As evidenced by remains found at nearby Kow Swamp, humans were present in the area for thousands of years. Terrick Terrick is a corruption of a term (Derricka Derricka) used by the Barapa Barapa clans.
The Barapa Barapa Nation is closely connected to the Wamba Wamba and Wadi Wadi peoples. Barapa Barapa country includes Gunbower, Perricoota/Koondrook Forests and the townships of Kerang and Barham. Barapa Barapa people also have extensive shared Country with its neighbours, the Wamba Wamba and Yorta Yorta – at Deniliquin, Kow Swamp and in Gunbower, Perricoota/Koondrook.
They referred to Riegal Rock as Ballyong (spelling?) and Bennets Rock rock as Pun ga (spelling?).
Material evidence of their occupation remains in the form of rock wells and coolamons.
In 1836, Major Mitchell's party travelled across the grasslands of the area. It must have been a good season, as they reported a lush blanket of grasses around the forest. Huge pastoral runs were established, one of which was Terrick Terrick Station which became famous for its wool. At an early stage, a few indigenous people were 'employed' on the station. The indigenous people of the area were subsequently taken to a reserve near Healesville. The remains of Terrick Terrick homestead lies south of the Davies homestead.
Some of the first Europeans to visit the area mentioned that there were emus, Rat-kangaroos and about 200,000 Grey Kangaroos on the plains.
Within a few years of European settlement, the Rat-kangaroo became regionally extinct and kangaroo numbers fell.There are no known recent sightings of emus in the present park, although emus are still often seen to the north on Gunbower Island.
In the 1860s, Land Acts were passed to break up the huge pastoral leases. Settlers were able to claim 280 acre blocks. The high rainfall years of the 1870s attracted many settlers.
One of the early settlers was a Welshman, Thomas Davies (pronounced Dayviss), who built a log hut. The hut was replaced by the present house in 1912. A descendent, Dorothy Davies, owned the property for many decades before being sold to become part of today's national park. The Davies grazed the property conservatively, and so the native grassland remained relatively undisturbed. Davis Road (pronounced the same but spelled differently) may have been named after the Davies family. A local insists that Dorothy did not people pronouncing her name as Davies (Dayvees).
Russell Shawcross helped run the property for Ms Dorothy Davies in her later years. After the property was purchased by the government, Mr Shawcross was permitted, at times, to continue to graze sheep on the grasslands for ecological purposes. He is a committee member of the Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park.
The opening of a railway line from Melbourne and Bendigo through Mitiamo to the Murray was very important because the roads were very poor. The early roads were essentially stock routes, most of which ran NE to SW or NW to SE. Rail travel was preferred to road travel. Railway passengers were often served a hot meal at Mitiamo. The plates and cutlery were collected elsewhere and eventually returned to Mitiamo. Today, with the opening of sealed roads (most of which run north-south or east-west), the railway is of minor importance.
In 1885, a fire burnt much of the forest. Fortunately, natural regeneration followed. But the White Cypress Pine took many years to recover.
In 1891, a delegation argued that 2,000 acres should be subdivided and farmed. Many locals objected.
Unfortunately, some land to the north of the present forested area was subdivided and cleared. Some of the blocks were purchased by timber cutters who worked in the forest.
For some years, management of the remaining forested area lay in the hands of Victoria's Mining Department and the extraction of rock began.
Meanwhile, the forest section was seen as a resource for timber. Surrounding land-holders wished to make use of the forest's resources and objected when much timber was being cut for use by central Victorian gold mines and, later, to supply firewood for Melbourne In April 1932, about 60 locals met and complained to the Forestry Commission about the amount of firewood being extracted from the forest. Concerned about non-sustainable timber extraction, locals subsequently petitioned the government to gazette the forest as managed timber reserve. 11,000 acres became a forestry reserve in 1972.
During the twentieth century, many locals enjoyed picnics near Mitiamo Rock (Mt Terrick Terrick) and became increasingly upset when more and more of the lovely country at the base of the rock was mined for road metal.
Historian Robyn Ballinger has found that between 1945 and 1959, 174,000 cubic yards of rock (road metal) was extracted from the park, much of it from around Mitiamo Rock and from the north-eastern section of the forest. Of that total, 44,706 cubic yards was extracted by Rochester Shire, 68,00 cubic yards by East Loddon Shire, 60,000 cubic yards by Gordon Shire and 1,394 cubic yards by others. If each truck carried 10 cubic yards, that is at least 17,400 loads of road metal.
Even at least one of the Barapa Barapa burial places was mined for road metal.
Following control by the mining department, the Forestry Commission became responsible for the reserve, and set about thinning the forest to maximise the value of millable timber. In 1960, the Forestry Commission reported that a 24 foot spacing between individual pines was best as it would result in a yield 26 shillings per acre plus grazing right revenue (source: research by Robyn Ballinger). Native Cypress Pine was favoured over Box and Buloke. Some Box trees were ring-barked and others removed for fire wood.
Eventually, as a result of complaints from locals about the despoliation of bushland by mining, the Mitiamo Rock area became a recreational reserve. Concerned about erosion and soil degradation, the Soil Conservation Authority set to work rehabilitating the land. The Authority built contour banks to help prevent erosion of the mined area. Unfortunately, the forest around the rock is nowhere as pristine and attractive as it was prior to 1945 and will take many decades and good management for it to recover further.
Later, as the forest became to be appreciated as for its ecological and scenic qualities rather than as an exploitable resource for timber and road metal, a State Park was declared.
Most locals are accepting of the forest becoming a conservation reserve but some regret no longer being able to cut pine trees for fence posts and other purposes. Some are worried about a bush fire spreading from the reserve onto their property.
Near the turn of the century, an awareness grew that most native grasslands had been lost to the plough, placing many plant and animal species at risk of extinction. Following searches for the endangered Plains-wanderer by Phil Maher and others, the value of the Davies property was realised and its was purchased and added to the State Park. The Victorian Government upgraded the park to a national park.
Between 1999 and 2009, a number of grassland paddocks were purchased by the government and became nature conservation reserves. In 2010, on the recommendation of VEAC, a number of these grassland paddocks were gazetted as sections of Terrick Terrick National Park. Patho West was purchased after the VEAC enquiry or it may also be part of the park today; instead, it is a separate nature conservation reserve.
During the summer of 2010-2011, much of the land around the national park was flooded. Even many of the sealed roads were under water. Some locals had to resort to horseback in order to drove cattle many kilometres to a milking shed and pasture on dry ground. The wet weather was followed by prolific grass growth.
In December 2011, about 50 locals met in Mitiamo to express their concerns about weed infestation in park, the lack of resources devoted to the park and about the fire risk the park posed to Mitiamo and to surrounding farmers. Prolific weed growth had followed flooding rains during the summer of 2010-2011. However, the locals argued that controlled burns were undesirable and likiely to result in an uncontrollable inferno that would kill White Cypress Pine, the dominant tree in the park. Some called for the return of grazing and lumbering.
Meanwhile, perhaps unknown to those at the meeting, a team of eight was removing woody weeds from outlying grassland paccocks and working their way toward the forested section. DSE undertook some controlled burns in some grassland paddocks. Parks slashed small areas of grassland. In other paddocks, in order to reduce the hightt and thickness of grass, sheep were not removed in Spring as has been the case in the past. Despite these measures, Plains-wanderers and Fat-tailed-Dunnarts did not find conditions to their liking and fell in number.
Whilst Parks Victoria is responsible for the management of the grasslands, Parks enjoys a good working relationship with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, the Department of Primary Industries and Trust for Nature (which also owns and manages some grassland paddocks).
If indigenous grasslands are ploughed, many species are lost. If indigenous grasslands are ploughed in two or three consecutive years, most of the native species are lost forever. Paddocks which have only been ploughed on a few occasions essentially recover, but some species are lost.
Conservative periodic grazing does not destroy native grasslands. In fact, grazing may help meet the needs of Plains-wanderers which prefer sparse, low grassland to paddocks in which grasses are thick and high.
Most locals are accepting of the reserved grassland paddocks. Some of the grassland paddocks were used by dairy farmers for only a few months each year and not ploughed. When many farmers decided to exit the industry they were grateful that they were able to sell their dryland grassland pastures for a higher price than might otherwise have been the case.
Terrick Terrick National Park and grassland reserves west of Kerang (e.g. Wanderers Plain-Bael Bael Reserve and Korrak Korrak grasslands) are amongst the largest remaining vestiges of an ecosystem which once covered much of Victoria.
Acknowledgement: Some information about the area's history was provided by Bendigo historian Robyn Ballinger who was guest speaker at the Friends weekend in October 2010. Robyn has spent hundreds of hours researching the area's human history. Some information was gleaned from old newspaper articles held by the Pyramid Hill Historical Society.
A wildlife corridor of indigenous vegetation is planned to link the main area of forest
in the Park to Bendigo Creek in the east and Bullock Creek in the west.
As funding can be obtained, there are plans to create a fenced, vegetated, wildlife corridor from the national park north to Kow Swamp, with branches to Timms Lake and to Pyramid Hill.
Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park Inc. are to run an open weekend in the park on the first weekend of October 2013. The meeting place is the Davies homestead site, Kow Swamp Road Terrick Terrick where free camp sites will be available from 3pm, Frida y4th October 2013 . On the Friday and Saturday evenings, there will be guest presenters.
Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park
Friends of the Terrick Terrick National Park organise an annual weekend of activities each year.
CLICK HERE to download the latest Friends of TTNP newsletter. Should you wish to join the group, there is a membership application/renewal form on the back page of the newsletter.
The Friends group wishes to work with Parks Victoria to enhance visitor satisfaction and to publicise this Park. Contributions have included building footpaths to the toilets, erecting a notice board at the Davies homestead site, updating material on display boards, removing barbed wire from fences, removing a makeshift shanty, removing some Wheel Cactus and planting indigenous shrubs around both the toilets and near the Davies homestead.
Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park Incorporated is a member of the Loddon Plains Landcare Network and of the Farm Tree and Landcare Association. Several other national parks and reserves are also supported by Friends groups.
The following was written for this site by Chris Coleborn, the first secretary of Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park, when the group formed about seven years ago.
organization, with the support of Parks Victoria, seeks to preserve
and protect this small gem of a National Park in central northern Victoria
near the town of Mitiamo.
is an important National Park because it protects some of the last remaining
native vegetation of the northern Victorian plains as well as being
the habitat of a range of rare and endangered animals. It contains the
largest standing White Pine (Cypress-pine) forest in Victoria. It also
includes stands of Buloke, Grey and Yellow Box, and a fragmented understorey
of remnant woodland plants, such as Hopbush, Gold-dust Wattle and Deane's
it encompasses remnants of the last remaining native grassland in Northern
Victoria. Plants such as Annual Buttons and Plains Leek-orchids, Murray
Swainson-pea, and the Red Swainson-pea flourish in the grasslands, while
along the Bendigo Creek section other vegetation types such as Lignum
swamps and Black Box woodland, with its associated animals, can be found.
A species of bluebush has recently been named. Maireana obrienii grows in and near the national park and is named after Eris O'Brien who forwarded specimens to the Victorian herbarium for identification.
plant species of conservation significance are found in the Park, including
more than twelve that are listed as nationally threatened. Most of the
Cypress-pines are over a hundred years old. In the wooded section mammals
such as Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Common Brushtail Possums, Swamp Wallaby
and several species of bats may be found. Reptiles such as Gould's Sand
Monitors and several species of snakes, including the endangered Carpet
Python, are to be seen around the fascinating and striking granite outcrops
or under the beautiful Cypress-pine woodlands.
such special birds as Gilbert's Whistler, Southern Whiteface, Black-chinned
Honeyeater, Crested Shrike-tit, Hooded and Red-cap Robins, Painted Button-quail
and Australian Ringneck Parrots make their home. Threatened species
such as Grey-crowned Babblers and Bush Stone-curlew are also found here.
Occasionally rare vagrants turn up too, such as Red-chested Button-quail,
Inland Dotterel and Grey Falcon.
species of birds have been recorded in the Park. Out on the grassland
section unique, beautiful and rare animals are to be found. This is
the home of one of the rarest birds in the world, the Plains-wanderer.
Here too is found the strikingly marked Hooded Scaly-foot, the small
Curl Snake and other lizards such as the Eastern Stone Gecko. A delicate
little marsupial, the Fat-tailed Dunnart also makes his home here.
such as the Plainsland Frog Hopper and Gumleaf Grasshopper may be found
here too, as well as Wolf Spiders, Centipedes and Scorpions. There is
evidence of past Aboriginal occupation which includes midden sites,
rock wells, burial sites and scarred trees.
The name Terrick
Terrick is of Aboriginal origin, although its meaning is not clear.
There is a network of roads that take you through the wooded section
of the Park. Maps and further information on the Park can be obtained
from the local ranger in charge, Mark Tscharke. He is based at Kerang,
and can be contacted on (03) 5450 3951. Interested members of the public
are invited to become members of the Friends Group and support this
of Terricks plan to run a special weekend each Spring where there will
be talks and activities. Various outings are also planned for throughout
being set up to survey the Park's fauna and flora, and volunteers will
be needed for these activities. An occasional Newsletter is to be published.
is $10 per annum. If you wish to become a member, forward a cheque for $10 (payable to Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park Incorporated) to the Secretary, Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park Inc, 11 Hillview Avenue MOAMA NSW 2731 along with details of your email address, telephone number, home address and name. Please type your details OR print clearly.
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Outlying grassland reserves
Apart from grasslands owned by Trust for Nature, most of the following grassland paddocks have been incorporated into Terrick Terrick National Park, even though they are separated from it by privately-owned land. Apart from management vehicles, vehicles are not permitted on these grasslands. Shooting, fires and pets are prohibited.
Click here to download a basic map of the grassland paddocks that are now part of Terrick Terrick National Park (pdf file)
small indigenous wetland off Baxter Road, west of Echuca
by the Trust for Nature, this indigenous grassland is located south-east
of Terricks. Locals help manage the property and use sheep as a management
tool to keep weeds at bay and to help maintain optimal conditions for
Plains-wanderer. Direct enquiries to Trust for Nature. Not part of the national park.
Kotta grassland is a 226 hectare grassland section of Terrick Terrick National Park alongside Whitfield Road,
Kotta (West of Echuca). It adjoins Glassons Grassland (which is owned
by Trust for Nature and managed for the Trust by local naturalists)
and privately-owned convenant-protected indigenous grassland. It has
been reserved to help protect the endangered Plains Wanderer, Fat-tailed
Dunnart and endangered indigenous grasses. This is a separate block of the national park.
Little Kotta Grassland, however, is not part of the national park.
Patho West Grassland
Now part of the national park, Patho
West native grassland lies to the west
of Echuca. Patho West is the north-western paddock at the corner of Balderstone Road and Gunbower-Terricks Road. Because most of the indigenous grassland which covered the
northern plains have been lost, this is an important reserve. It is
treeless. After the VEAC investigation which recommended that some other nearby indigenous grassland paddocks be incorporated into Terrick Terrick National Park, the Victorian government purchased this land from a consortium of companies which own a 'dry' piggery which still occupies an excised part of the paddock. By contrast, a 'wet' piggery across the road was able to plough high quality indigenous grassland, something which, in view of the limited remaining area of indigenous grassland, should never have been allowed. The nearby Meadows wildlife reserve, part of which is a lignum swamp, offers better birding
opportunities. VicRoads Map 30
Pine Grove Grassland
Pine Grove grassland is a
small area (38ha) of endangered northern plains grassland alongside
the Mitiamo-Echuca Road which has been gazetted as part of Terrick Terrick National Park. Gilgais and natural drainage lines are still
The former Roslynmead NCR and the nearby Roslynmead East NCR indigenous
grasslands at Roslynmead (on the Patho Plain) are now outlying blocks of Terrick Terrick National Park. At times, sheep are used as a management tool.
Roslynmead is two paddocks separated by private land. The larger paddock is located on the eastern side of Davis Road whilst the smaller paddock to the south-east is located alongside Kelly Road (Vic Roads Map 30 J3). The larger block is a kilometre or so north of The Meadows, both of which can be accessed from Davis Road.
Roslynmead East also comprises two paddocks, one of which is located on the north-western side of the intersection of Torrumbarry Road and Mount Terrick Road. The other section is the paddock on the north- eastern side of the intersection of Reserve Road and Mt. Terrick Road (i.e. a short distance to the east). (VicRoads Map 301 A3)
Terrick East Grassland
212 hectare grassland section of Terrick Terrick National Park is located at the corner of Tomara and Clee Road ~ both of which are dry weather roads only (and dry weather only means dry weather only!) ~
east of the largest section of Terrick Terrick N.P., and not only provides suitable habitat for
the endangered Plains-wanderer but also contains populations of two
nationally threatened plants: Chariot Wheels (Maireana chealii) and Slender Darling Pea (Swainsona murrayana).
Some birds uncommon in the area are sometimes observed here. In November
2007 Inland Dotterels, Banded Lapwing and Australian Pratincoles were
observed on this grassland.
hectares of endangered northern plains grassland on the south side of Goldby Road. This reserve is south of Terrick Terrick East NCR but separated from it by a privately-owned paddock. Plains wanderer and Brolga have been observed on the grassland
which features some significant flora, including Umbrella Wattle (Acacia oswaldii), Spiny
Lignum and Yakka Grass. Part of this reserve area is sometimes covered by shallow floodwater following prolonged heavy rain. VicRoads Map 30 H3.
"The Meadows” is now a satellite area of Terrick Terrick National Park. It is located alongside Davis Road. In wet weather, it is most unwise to try to drive along Davis Road. Davis Road is a dry weather road only.
To gain access, it may be necessary to wade a narrow roadside drain and scramble over the gate or fence. From the gate, follow alongside a table drain to the wetland. Location: right-hand side of Davis Road opposite its intersection with Lyon Road (VicRoads Map 30 H3). Note: Roslynmead block is further north along Davis Road. Beware: in July 2011, neither Davis Road (at Tomara Road intersection) nor 'The Meadows' (apart from a 'conservation reserve' notice near the gate) were signposted. Davis Road is, however, signposted at its intersection with the Murray Valley Highway.
This grassland is partly covered by lignum swamp. The lignum wetland is home to White-winged Fairy-wrens, a species which is not common in the region. When the lignum wetland contains water, the reserve affords outstanding birding opportunities. Red-kneed Dotterels were common during July 2011. A Black Falcon was sometimes observed here during 2011. Spotless Crake, Painted Snipe, Buff-banded Rail and other uncommon species were sighted here at in the Autumn of 2011.
The Meadows, July 2011
This is a
120 hectare indigenous grassland reserve bounded, in part, by Pinegrove Road, Bendigo-Tennyson Road and Echuca-Mitiamo Road. Known habitat for Bush Stone Curlew. VicRoads Map 30 H5.
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Potential threats facing Terrick Terrick National Park
- climate change and/or climatic extremes, e.g. increased temperatures, prolonged drought and flooding rains
- mining, road metal extraction and timber extraction (if again permitted)
- lack of policing and enforcement of park rules, resulting in tree removal, fires, rubbish deposition, vandalism, etc.
- weed encroachment
(e.g. Patersons Curse, Capeweed, Box Thorn, Gazenia, Round Cactus)
animals (e.g. rabbits, hares) and excessive number of kangaroos
- grasslands becoming unsuitable for Plains-wanderer, e.g. high biomass resulting from removal of sheep from grasslands over winter; retention of sheep on grasslands over summer ~ the endangered Plains-wanderer does not like thick and high grass - or low biomass (e.g. as a result of fire).
Terrick Terrick National Park
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Last updated July 2015. Webmeister: K Stockwell, Secretary, Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park
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