Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Parkis 275 km north-east of Melbourne, beyond Wangaratta (Melway ref: 522 E6). Follow the Hume Freeway to the Chiltern turn-off. The park is cut in two by the Hume Freeway and Melbourne-Albury railway line.
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The park is the habitat of several rare or threatened species - the Regent Honeyeater, Turquoise Parrot, Peregrine Falcon, the Brush-tailed phascogale and Squirrel Glider. Winter, when the ironbarks are in bloom, is the best time to see the birds. More than 150 bird species have been recorded in the area. Eastern Grey Kangaroos are often seen grazing in the late afternoon and smaller tree-dwelling creatures - Feathertail and Sugar Gliders, Brushtail and Ring-tail Possums - live in tree hollows in the southern areas. Many reptiles, including the Lace Monitor, also call the park home.
Pastoralists bought cattle to the area in the 1830's, clearing and settling the fertile valleys and low foothills. Mining followed in 1852 and continued in many forms until 1950. Evidence of mining can be seen at a number of places within the park. Agriculture, mining and the growth of towns have required land and large amounts of timber. All these activities have had a significant impact on the park.
* Keep on established tracks when walking, as abandoned mine shafts can be a hazard. * Be prepared for very hot weather and take the necessary precautions if you are visiting the park in summer. * Some sites visited on historic drives may not be easily accessible to people with limited mobility.