Mount Buangor State Park parknotes Beereep Beereep Visitor Guide The highest peak in the area Mount Buangor (Beereep Beereep) offers spectacular views of the surrounding country. Each new season brings changing smells, sounds, colours and sights to walk, camp, cycle, drive or picnic. The park continues to recover from a bushfire in 2010 and fierce storms and floods in January 2011. More detailed information about walks is posted on site at visitor areas. Beeripmo Walk requires planning and has walk-in campsites. For further Beeripmo Walk details visit www.depi.vic.gov.au Wedge-tailed Eagle – Australia’s largest living bird of prey and one of the largest eagles in the world. Caring for Country The local Beeripmo balug (Aboriginal people) belonged to the larger Djab Wurrung language speaking community and they knew the forest as ‘Beereep-Beereep’ meaning ‘wild mount’. Through their rich culture Djab Wurrung people have been intrinsically connected to this Country for tens of thousands of years. Parks Victoria recognises this connection and acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Communities of Victoria. More recent times MajorThomasMitchellsightedMtBuangoronhis 1836 ‘Australian Felix’ expedition. Settlers arrived within ten years of his visit and logging of the timbered slopes began. Enjoying the park Prepare and wear appropriate footwear on all walks - especially longer walks. Three easier walks to explore include; Waterfalls Nature Walk 1km, 45min return (easy/moderate) Begins from Ferntree Visitor Area. Continue on 5 minutes from the waterfall to Cascade Falls. Two Mile Circuit Walk 2.9km, 1hr return (easy) from Bailes and 2.2km, 45min return from Ferntree Middle Creek Walk 6.2km, 1.5hr return (easy) Begins from Middle Creek or Ferntree visitor areas. A haven for plants and animals The park and nearby forest protect diverse ecosystems alive with more than 130 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Of the 324 known plant species there are 119 species that are of significance. Spring wildflowers abound. A range of animals can be found during daylight such as kangaroos, echidnas, wallabies, Wedge-tailed Eagles,Crimson Rosellas andkookaburras. Koalas are regularly heard screaming and growling at night. Location and access The park is located between Ararat and Beaufort on the Western Highway, Route A8. Camping and picnics Car-based camping is available at Bailes, Middle Creek and tents only at the smaller Ferntree area. Camping fees apply. For further information or to book go to www.parks.vic.gov.au/stay Driving Great views, forest, escarpments and snow gums await you in this park and the adjoining Mt Cole State Forest. Check road conditions after heavy rainfall before leaving home. Be fire ready and stay safe Many parks and forests are located in high fire risk areas. On days of forecast Code Red Fire Danger this park may be closed for public safety. If you are already in the park you should leave the night before or early in the morning for your own safety. Closure signs will be erected and rangers will patrol when possible, however you may not receive a personal warning that the park is closed so check the latest conditions by calling 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au For up to date information on fires in Victoria or general fire safety advice call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667. June 2014 Printed on Australian-made 100% recycled paper Walking Explore a range of walking tracks in the park. The grade varies from easy to hard. For more information call the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 or visit our website at www.parks.vic.gov.au For further information Parks Victoria Information Centre Call 13 1963 Or visit the website at www.parks.vic.gov.au The Djab Wurrung people are represented by Martang Pty Ltd - the Registered Aboriginal Party for this area Visitor Information Centres Ararat 91 High Street ARARAT 3377 Tel: 5352 2096 Beaufort 72 Neill Street BEAUFORT 3373 Tel: 5349 2604 Caring for the environment Help us look after your park by following these guidelines: Please take rubbish home with you for recycling and disposal Vehicles including motor cycles must not be driven oﬀ open formed roads All vehicles must be registered and drivers licensed Remain on walking tracks where applicable to avoid damaging vegetation and spreading disease Horseriding is permitted but horses are not allowed to remain onvernight in the park Mobile phones: you may not be in network range in some park areas. To be connected to emergency services when you are not in range dial 112 then press the ‘Yes’ key Park closures Be prepared to leave early as extreme weather may cause the closure of some park areas for public safety From 1 July 2014, visitors should pre-book their campsite. For further information or to book go to www.parks.vic.gov.au/stay The Cav e Fire Mt Buangor State Park is in the South West Total Fire Ban District. Parks Victoria does not guarantee that this data is without ﬂaw and therefore disclaims all liability which may arise from you relying on this information. It is your responsibility to know if it is a day of Total Fire Ban. If in doubt call the Victorian Bushﬁre Information Line: 1800 240 667 Fires may only be lit in ﬁreplaces provided. No ﬁres/ﬂames may be lit on days of Total Fire Ban.