About the Park
The Brisbane Ranges National Park is about 80km west of Melbourne between Geelong and Bacchus Marsh or Ballan. Popular areas of the park are accessible from the Geelong-Ballan Road and the Staughton Vale Road out of Anakie. The Brissies is a great place to visit - for everyone, including families with children.
Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from the region, together with a correspondingly diverse bird population as well as Koalas, Wallabies and Kangaroos.
The area has a rich history including Aboriginal culture, settlement, the gold rush era and water supply before becoming a National Park in 1973. The park has grown since that time to 8,883 hectares.
More than 600 native plant species can be found in the Brisbane Ranges, including uncommon orchids and the Brisbane Ranges Grevillea (Grevillea steiglitziana), a rare shrub which is endemic to this area.
- See Parks Victoria website for more information on the Brisbane Ranges National Park This includes walks, camp bookings, and more things to do as well as any updates. There is a Park Note/Visitor guide which includes a map of the park.
- See For Sale for details of the new Brisbane Ranges National Park Map available as well as other resources for sale and a species list booklet pdf for free download.
Phytophthora cinnamomi is a concern in the Brisbane Ranges National Park. The disease attacks plant roots, causing 'dieback' and often leading to the death of native plants including our iconic Grass Trees.