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Published January 27th 2019
Discover an unexpectedly lush landscape
Red Hill is a popular rural township located in the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula. Although a popular tourist destination for its wineries, restaurants, farm gate produce and of course the Red Hill market, it still manages to retain a quiet country charm.
For the most part, the landscape consists of undulating green pastures, vineyards, orchards, and livestock, though there are still a few places with remnants of the original bushland to be discovered.
One such place with rich indigenous flora and fauna is the National Trusts Endeavour Fern Gully. An enchanting example of one of the rare surviving types of bushland found on red basaltic soil on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Endeavour Fern Gully covers 17.5 hectares of lush rain forest, with a meandering creek, and fern gully within a 27 hectare property. The remainder of the land is being successfully re-vegetated by dedicated volunteers with the help of various grants.
The property has a long history and includes being the sight of a former sawmill, and in later times was donated to the Trust by Mr John Douglas in 1973. The Gully was opened to the public in 1989, but for the most part was inaccessible due to the bush reclaiming ownership to the paths and boardwalks. In 2007 the Gully was classified by the National Trust.
This trail is perfect for teaching little explorers about the local flora and fauna and is a gentle start to their bushwalking expeditions. Whilst the path is prominent, it does have sections of grass, uneven ground, roots and tripping hazards of a natural bushland environment that may be unsuitable to those with mobility issues. This trail is not wheelchair or pram friendly.
Loved your article and photos Lorraine. It brought memories from a few decades ago. n the 1970s I was flying somewhere over the Mornington Peninsula and was quite surprised to look down and see a area covered with tree ferns. I have always wondered about it. Now I know. Regards, Neil.
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