I am organising a camp for the Birds Australia's VicGroup over the long
weekend in March. It would be good to see a few birding-aus identities.
Details as follows:
Mountain Dam Creek camping area in the Rocklands State Forest.
GPS reading: 37°13'39" 142°05'16" GDA
RACV Vicroads map 55 C5
6-8 March 2004
Steve Clark, Hamilton, Victoria
Phone: 0355 719048 (AH)
The camp is adjacent to the Black Range State Park and close to the
Claude Austin and Jilpanger State Forests. The closest town is
Balmoral approximately 20km to the west in the Western District.
Balmoral is best accessed from Melbourne via the Glenelg Highway from
Ballarat to Dunkeld then to Cavendish. Distance from Melbourne to
Balmoral is approximately 330km. From Balmoral - follow the mudmap
to the camp (mudmap available by email on request)
A most pleasant camping area with lots of room for tents and small
vans. Some of the road in is gravel but has a good surface. There
are toilets, picnic tables and fireplaces but no water so bring
plenty with you. The camp is on the shore of Rocklands Reservoir but
there is no water near the camp (Rocklands is below 10% of capacity
at present). There are no camping fees.
The vicinity of the camp is a Yellow Gum and Yellow Box woodland with
Black Wattle and She-oaks and a heathland understory. Nearby are
areas with denser heathland and groves of Silver Banksia. Other
habitats close include Desert Banksias, River Red Gums, wetlands
(hopefully some with water) and stringybark heathlands.
A diverse range of woodland species should be seen: Brown
Treecreeper, Hooded Robin, Weebill, White-browed Babbler, Diamond
Firetail, Speckled Warbler, Southern Whiteface, Yellow-tufted
Honeyeater, Black-chinned Honeyeater. With luck we could be among
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Variegated Fairy-wren, Barking Owl,
Owlet-Nightjars, Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Brolga, Square-tailed
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