Sherbrooke Forest

Sherbrooke Forest is part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park and is important because of its significant areas of cool, temperate rainforest. Its proximity to Melbourne makes it a mecca for tourists on day trips or weekend getaways. This popularity have made some of the native wildlife less fearful of humans, and in some cases they are even quite friendly.

I grew up near the forest and walked along its tracks to and from primary school. Back then I didn't appreciate it as much as I do now, now that I have moved away. However I didn't move far and the tall trees and cool fern gullies are just a short drive away.

This site will showcase some of the experiences my digital camera and I have had on our adventures in Sherbrooke Forest.

There are many wonders to observe, some easy to discover, others requiring much patience before one is rewarded. Luck also plays a part in our lives and a chance event may bring a pleasant surprise.
Shadowed by some of the tallest trees in the world you are likely to see Crimson Rosellas feeding from the hands of tourists in Grants or Sherbrooke Picnic Ground. Also quite common here, though a little more timid, are Galahs and Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. If you are lucky you might also see a King Parrot or Eastern Rosella.

I tend not to stay in the picnic areas for too long and spend most of my time walking along some of the network of tracks throughout the park. Here you may come across a Swamp Wallaby if you're lucky (and early) enough, Superb Lyrebirds and other smaller birds flitting around the bushes.

During certain times of the year, with a keen eye, you can come across orchids growing almost on the paths. After dusk you might well encounter a Common Wombat and some of the several species of possums.

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