Bendigo Wildflowers

A few weeks ago I was up in Bendigo and the surrounding goldfields with my friends at APS – Keilor Plains checking out the amazing display of wildflowers. It was a wonderful adventure. We saw the most beautiful plants and some spectacular animals too. The number of echidnas that were out there really fascinated me. Although we didn’t spot any there were signs of them everywhere.

We were fortunate enough to see an Eastern Bearded Dragon, and a Lace Monitor (Goanna), pictured below.

Photo by Anne Lagmaid, Greater Bendigo National Park, Victoria. Sept 2011

We started out at Black Hill Reserve, about 3km north of Kyneton. From there went further north to Turpins Falls near Redesdale – such a nice surprise!

Turpins Falls, Victoria

Winding our way along towards Eppalock we stopped in at the Kimbolton State Forest where we found many beautiful plants, in particular Gravilleas and Orchids like this beautiful Sun Orchid below.

We stayed at Camp Getaway in Axdale, 15 min from Bendigo. The facilities were great with very clean and comfortable dormitory accommodation. The couple that look after the place, The Mitchells, were incredibly warm and friendly and good cooks to boot! They spent an afternoon with us discovering the spectacular plants that they never knew existed right on their doorstep.

Westringia Longifolia - white form.

Westringia Longifolia - white form.

Peach Heath - Pink form. White flowered heath also found nearby.

We spent most of the following day in and around the Greater Bendigo National Park uncovering absolute beauties like this fabulous Boronia ameminifolia. This was the most beautiful thing that I saw on the whole trip. Thanks to Bev for spotting it. I think it should be named ‘Bev’s Beauty’ =)

What I found most interesting about the wildflower display was that the most impressive stuff was hiding beneath the acacia flowers. At first glance all you notice is a sea of yellow and occasionally drifts of white flowers above as you see in the picture below. I’m sure the locals are zipping past at 80-100km/h thinking “Gee the wattle is bright!”, completely oblivious to the treasure below. However, when you get out of your car and look up close there is a world of colour that lies beneath.

This carpet of acacia certainly was breathtaking.

Photo by Chris Clark, Axedale, Victoria. Sept 2011

If anyone out there can identify this caterpillar, please let me know and I will add it to natureshare.org.au

These “choral” Corellas woke us up in the morning and I must say that it was a really pleasant sound. I could happily wake to their chitter-chatter every morning.

Photo by Thomas and Ros Nataprawira, Axedale, Victoria. Sept 2011

You know, when we’re walking through the bush, no matter how remote, we always find broken glass. When we do we pick it up. I really feel that it’s important to mention this because clearly people forget that there are wild animals running through the bush completely unaware of the danger. If they seriously injure themselves it’s not like they can whip out the detol and patch themselves up or waltz into the closest doctors clinic. They have to suffer and often die a slow agonising death. If you see broken glass anywhere, please do the right thing – pick it up.

Please don't leave broken glass out there in the bush.

Many thanks to Thomas and Ros Nataprawira, Anne Langmaid and Chris Clarke for their photos.

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