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Brian Dowie Conservation Park

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Baringhup Road, Carisbrook VIC 3464

Features

  • Picnic tables
  • Shade
  • Information signs
  • Historic ruins
  • Walking tracks
Brian Dowie Conservation Park is a beautiful patch of bushland on the outskirts of Carisbrook.

There are several picnic tables and a heritage walkway lined with large, beautifully placed stones. These stones are great for kids who love to climb.

In the middle of the park there's a gazebo with fantastic information signs. There is lots of great information on aboriginal history, pioneer history, gold mining history, local geology and wetlands.

There are ruins of a brick structure at the far end of the park and the main entrance to the park is an interesting feature - a stone wall and gate which was built in 1999 by the Green Corp Group.

The following information is displayed on an information sign in the gazebo at the Brian Dowie Conservation Park:

Conservation has always been a concern in this area. As early as 1871 steps were being taken by people concerned about the depletion of forests, resulting in the setting aside of thousands of acres of forest reserves at Clunes, Craigie, Havelock and Wareek. In more recent times, many people have worked diligently to conserve and restore the natural environment as well as to record our natural and cultural heritage.

This park has been set aside in recognition of those efforts and to encourage the continued conservation of the total natural environment and our cultural heritage.

It also aims to demonstrate something of the nature, and the impacts, of a significant gold mine which commenced operation in the late 1880's.

On this site which is located within the Moolort Plains, you will see or experience:
  • Plantings of typical woodlot trees
  • Plantings of those special plants, shrubs and trees which are so attractive to our native birds, together with a permanent water hole which adds to the attraction and enjoyment of the birds.
  • A diversity of plantings which illustrate the many native plants of the region.
  • Small wetland areas at the rear of the park provide a natural habitat for birds, animals, insects and plants.
  • Walking tracks through the old pine forests. Those exotic trees will be progressively replaced by native vegetation.
  • An area of native grassland.
  • The site of a major gold mine ...Chalks No. 3
  • The remains of huge mullock heaps and the plantings which will progressively be made in the unnatural soil.
  • the Heritage Walkway with reminders of the enterprises our pioneers created as they built our social heritage.




DID YOU KNOW...

  • Kids love to climb! There are plenty of places throughout the Goldfields with great trees, rocks, fallen logs and more for kids to climb up, around and over.
 

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