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Official site for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Address: Ballarat - Maryborough Rd, Daisy Hill, Victoria 3465
Freecall: 131 963
Email: email@example.comWeb: parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/paddys-ranges-state-park
Well-known for its wildflowers in springtime, Paddys Ranges State Park is home to 30 types of orchids and more than 140 native bird species like the rare Painted Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots. Relics of the goldmining era scattered throughout the park. Visitors can retrace the steps of 'Paddy', a miner who reputedly roamed the area in the 1800s.Bushwalking, camping and picnicking are popular activities in this beautiful Box-Ironbark forest.Before you goConditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
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The park is 170 km north-west of Melbourne, just south of Maryborough. Sealed roads surround the park and graded roads pass through it (Melway ref: 520 J11P).
HeritageSince the 1840s the park has been used as a pastoral run and for mining, timber harvesting, eucalyptus oil production and honey production. Gold mining dates back to the Maryborough Rush from 1854 to 1856. Eucalyptus oil was produced here earlier this century. Old mine sites and relics are scattered throughout the park. Most of the 1675 hectare State Park was burnt in January 1985 by a wildfire which created prolific regeneration, especially of wattles. In October 2002 Paddys Ranges State Park was expanded to include 279ha of adjoining State Forest and is now 2,010 hectares.
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