Seymour Bushland Park
The Seymour Bushland Park has high conservation significance within the Mitchell Shire. Box-Ironbark Forest is a threatened vegetation type and hosts a large number of threatened native fauna species, particularly birds.
Orchids and wildflowers have re-established on-site and are a highlight of this reserve during spring.
Mitchell Shire Council acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, those of the Taungurung People, who have walked upon and cared for this land for thousands of years.
The 65.4 ha park was originally part of a 360 ha Kitchener Military Camp, used for military training from 1910 to the 1960s. Seymour Bushland Park was established as a reserve in 1978 to allow the natural environment to re-generate. Orchids and wildflowers have been re-established on-site and are a highlight of this reserve during spring.
In 2006 the Seymour Bushland Park was placed under the permanent protection of a Trust for Nature Conservation Covenant by Mitchell Shire Council.
The conservation covenant is an agreement between Trust for Nature and the Mitchell Shire Council to protect and enhance the natural, cultural and scientific values of the land and was the first Municipal conservation covenant in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. The park also has Land for Wildlife status.
The Seymour Bushland Park provides crucial bushland habitat to a number of threatened species listed under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, this includes the:
- brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa)
- endangered barking owl (Ninox connivens)
- squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis)
The park is also an ideal site for birdwatching, providing habitat to a large number of native birds. These include the:
- painted button-quail (Turnix various)
- whistling kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
- brown treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus).
Whilst the site was highly disturbed in the past, the natural bushland of the park has been regenerating since 1978. Continuous regeneration will allow for the development of large, hollow-bearing trees, providing habitat for the mammals and birds in the park and greater diversity in understorey vegetation.
Several eucalypti make up the overstorey across the park, including:
- grey box (Eucalyptus macrocarpa)
- red box (Eucalyptus polyanthemos)
- red stringybark (Eucalyptus macrorhyncha)
- river red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis).
The understorey consists of native shrubs such as:
- drooping cassinia (Cassinia arcuate)
- hedge wattle (Acacia paradox)
- sweet bursaria (Bursaria spinosa).
Native lilies and grasses are re-establishing within the park and are a highlight of this reserve during spring.
Highlights and facilities
- historic relics
- information shelter
- tracks and trails including boardwalks
- wildflower walks
- picnic tables
How you can help
- keep dogs on a leash and clean up after your pets
- please take all rubbish with you
- keep to trails to protect the native vegetation
- no firewood collection permitted
- no camping or campfires permitted
- unauthorised vehicles or motorbikes are not permitted
Visting for the day
A carpark that can be accessed off the Goulburn Valley Highway, Seymour.
This page was last updated on 8 July 2022.