Since most of the surrounding land had long been cleared for farming around Werribee Gorge, it was proclaimed as Werribee Gorge State Park in 1975 to preserve the native flora and fauna. The main feature of the Park is a magnificent gorge carved out of the ancient sea floor by the Werribee River over millions of years. The Gorge offers spectacular views and a wide diversity of wildlife including Echidnas, Koalas, Kangaroos, Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Platypus. Bird watching is popular here, and a number of short or long walks can be undertaken. Visit Parks Victoria website for more information.
Many revegetation initiatives are happening in the vicinity of the gorge, by private and public land managers enhancing the values of the park. An excellent book to read and use for its knowledge of the nature, geology, history and walking trails in the gorge is “Jack’s Track Notes”, Friends of Werribee Gorge & Long Forest Mallee, Second Edition 2002.
The Island is a large property of over 200 hectares and was donated to Conservation Volunteers Australia in 2006 by W. James Whyte. While the property is adjacent to Werribee Gorge State Park, The Island is significantly degraded and CVA’s focus is to see it restored to environmental health. Visit Conservation Volunteers Australia website for more information.
Activities on The Island include pest and weed control, stock exclusion fencing, water quality testing, invasive weed control, undertaking surveys and establishing over 250,000 native trees, shrubs and grasses.
A recent book about the gorge is “Exploring Werribee Gorge 1836-2010” by local author Bob Reid.
Further information visit the Friends of the Gorge website.