Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park
Located between Beechworth and the low hills surrounding Chiltern, this park includes the striking Mt Pilot Range and Woolshed Falls and protects box-ironbark forest that once covered much of north-east Victoria.
The park is predominantly open eucalyptus forest of Red Stringybark, Blakely’s Red Gum, Grey Box and Mugga Ironbark. Prolific spring wildflowers include wattles, orchids, lilies, bush peas and many other native species.Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park contains the highest number of mammal, bird and reptile species recorded at any Box-Ironbark site.
Over 200 bird species have been recorded in the park including threatened woodland species such as the Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Turquoise Parrot and Square Tailed Kite. Eastern Grey Kangaroos can be seen grazing during late afternoon and Black Swamp Wallabies are often observed darting out from rocky outcrops. A variety of tree dwelling mammals including the Tuan (Brush-tailed Phascogale), Squirrel Gliders, Sugar Gliders and Feathertail Gliders seek out small hollows for breeding and shelter.
Common Brushtail and Ringtail Possums are also found in the park. In January 2003 a wildfire burnt approximately 7,000ha of the park. The natural regeneration and recovery of the native vegetation and wildlife will be a significant feature of the park landscape for some years to come.
Located 20 minutes drive from Chiltern on the Chiltern-Beechworth Road, Woolshed Falls was once the centre of one of the richest goldfields in Victoria. Diggers were lured by the thousands in search of gold following its discovery at Reids Creek in 1852, and nearly 2000 ounces of gold was extracted. The miners diverted water past the falls pool, which was pumped dry to expose gold bearing material in the sand. Today, the steel supporting rods can still be seen, jutting out of the rock wall. Best viewed just after rain. There is also a self guided walk around the alluvial gold workings.
Spectacular views across the Murray Valley plains from the summit. Only a short walk from the car park.
White Box Walking Track
The White Box Walking track is home to many precious and beautiful species of flora and fauna. The 8.5km track takes about 2-3 hours to complete. Opportunities to spot Eastern Grey kangaroos grazing in the late afternoon, smaller tree-dwelling creatures such as feather tail glider, squirrel glider and sugar gliders, brush tail and ring tail possums. Many reptiles, including the lace monitor, also live here.
There are a number of established picnic sites located throughout the park. Reedy Creek is a popular area for campers and prospectors. Camping and accommodation are available in the nearby historic towns of Eldorado, Chiltern and Beechworth.