The Greater Bendigo National Park is 8 kilometres north of Bendigo. Follow the Loddon Valley Highway to Eaglehawk and turn right into Raywood Road and right into Leshe Street, which becomes Whipstick Road.
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Songbirds such as the grey shrike-thrush are numerous and are among the 170 species of birds likely to be seen or heard in the parks. The mammals you are most likely to see (usually early in the morning and later in the evening) are the eastern grey kangaroo, black wallaby and echidna.
Following the 1851 discovery of gold on the rich alluvial fields of Bendigo, deep shafts were sunk to mine the gold bearing quartz reefs. Remains of the One Tree Hill Pioneer Mine, which was sunk to a depth of 90 metres, are 600 metres northeast of One Tree Hill Lookout Tower. Mining on the Bendigo goldfields generated a huge demand for timber. Timber was drawn from a 30 kilometre radius around Bendigo and used to raise steam to power the quartz-crushing stamp batteries, to line shafts and for domestic purposes. The park was an important source of timber and was repeatedly cut over. However, many trees fortunately survived or regenerated. In October 2002 the park was expanded to 3,880ha with the passing of the Box-Ironbark Bill.
The main vegetation types within the Greater Bendigo National Park: * whipstick mallee, with blue, green and bull mallees, and in the north of the parks, Kamarooka mallee * grey box and red ironbark forests characteristic of north-central Victoria The area is famous for abundant spring wildflower displays and the brilliantly flowering whirakee wattle, found only in the Bendigo area.