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Modelled extent of Pre-European and contemporary grasslands of the Victorian Volcanic Plain. Enlarge Image.

GPN is conducting an audit of the grasslands of Melbourne, with the aim of recording their extent and quality and making that information publicly available through the map above. This is an ongoing project, and the maps in our map library will be regularly updated.

Incredibly, no thorough map of Melbourne’s grasslands exists. This gap shows just how under-resourced Melbourne’s grasslands are.

Grasslands are managed by a multitude of organisations, including 15 local councils, a couple of rail authorities, VicRoads, various utility companies, other government departments such as DELWP and Parks Victoria, federal authorities, as well as many private landholders.

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LGA: ARARAT
Area (ha): 61.95781031
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 9.733184455
Roadside grassland. May now have been lost to weeds.
LGA: MELTON
Area (ha): 38.49102154
To come.
LGA: GREATER GEELONG
Area (ha): 12.93393032
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 3.474639099
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 7.970678815
High-quality rail reserve grassland threatened by Little River Logistics Precinct. Contains strong populations of Large-fruit Groundsel and Spiny Rice-flower, among other endangered species.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Area (ha): 4.789729468
To come.
LGA: MOYNE
Area (ha): 39.6384309
Conservation Area 6 is managed to protect Spiny Rice-flower and Striped Legless Lizard. Since 1996, an offset site was set aside to allow quarrying operations.
LGA: MELTON
Area (ha): 94.32631939
Roadside grassland.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 10.26255503
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 17.622307
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 15.35502347
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Area (ha): 20.23549115
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 9.914181751
Formerly federal land, now poorly managed private land, considered under immediate threat. Heavily fenced, danger in northern portion because of high voltage underground infrastructure. Retains good biodiversity, Striped Legless Lizard, Golden Sun Moth. Translocation site prior to its sale. Environmental Effects Statement required for any future development.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Area (ha): 95.03679984
This large park contains areas of grassland, stony knolls, perched marsh and wetlands. It includes Spiny Rice-flower and Golden Sun Moth populations.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 12.48934069
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 5.996610833
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Area (ha): 23.05599426
Grassland, revegetation beds and rocky outcrops on Kororoit Creek.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Area (ha): 0.845914628
To come.
LGA: SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS
Area (ha): 12.14453161
To come.
LGA: SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS
Area (ha): 39.85931895
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 12.90906452
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Area (ha): 282.1043284
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Area (ha): 60.71403945
To come.
LGA: SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS
Area (ha): 18.00908585
High-quality Roadside grassland, including Kangaroo Grass and Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands. Adjacent to Mount Ridley Nature Conservation Reserve. Matted Flax-lily and Golden Sun Moth present.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 135.7787174
Natural values include remnant native grasslands and Grassy Woodlands adjoining Jacksons Creek. To become part of the Jacksons Creek biik wurrdha (‘Land of many’) Regional Parklands.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 94.05903005
Forming the north-east corner of the Western Grassland Reserve, this herb-rich rocky parcel of Kangaroo Grass-dominated grassland includes Striped Legless Lizard, Large-fruit Groundsel and Spiny Rice-flower populations. Distinct variation occurs, with some damp patches and stony rises contributing to the site's diversity. Disappointingly, no public access.
LGA: MELTON
Area (ha): 44.42404371
Includes Spiny-Rice-flower, Clover Glycine, Rye Beetle-grass and Growling Grass Frog. State significant Biosite 3549.
LGA: MELTON
Area (ha): 5.476849545
To come.
LGA: PYRENEES
Area (ha): 240.6493783
Fenced reserve, one of numerous grasslands on the poorly named biodiversity corridor of Kayes Drain that runs from Ravenhall Grasslands to Ajax Road Grassland.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Area (ha): 10.25074731
One of the first grasslands to be officially protected in Victoria, this once-fabulous grassland is being slowly surrendered to weeds through lack of Parks Victoria management funding ($1500 per year). Perhaps also the most public of all our grasslands, prominent on the Princes Freeway, a lost opportunity!
LGA: HOBSONS BAY
Area (ha): 48.55544164
Reduced from a square mile (259 ha) to 30 ha, this once high-quality and now locked Reserve is an example of how not to do engagement and management. But if you jump the fence and explore you can see how species communities can vary across tiny changes in topography, just a few centimetres.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Area (ha): 29.97944422
A real gem in a business park and adjacent to the Western Ring Road. An offset site, so Brimbank Council has good funds to manage it for the moment. Contains several endangered species and is site for translocations. $200,000 damage in 2023 from hooning.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Area (ha): 9.465191333
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 185.0075209
Strategically located railway-edge grassland adjacent to Ajax Road Grassland. Privately owned, in decline as a result of poor management. Part of a proposed Bay to Coast to Grassland biolink through Hobsons Bay.
LGA: HOBSONS BAY
Area (ha): 4.371299969
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Area (ha): 263.0014134
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 7.407895554
Numerous grassland patches, often stony rises, and Grassy Woodland integrated into Aurora residential estate. Adjacent to passive recreation, play spaces, BBQ facilities, shelters, lookouts and local, accessible place-making. Some degradation through poor management. Melbourne's best example of urban design for grassland conservation.
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Area (ha): 58.1348922
Yet to be publicly acquired. Grassland and Grassy Woodland supporting Growling Grass Frog, Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless Lizard, Matted Flax-lily, Curly Sedge and other rare species. Part of recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Area (ha): 215.9460968
Like Arcade Way and the Crossway, this parcel is the internal park of a Walter Burley Griffin estate. Now it is a community garden, but under one of the big eucalypts some grassland survives, cared for by the community.
LGA: MOONEE VALLEY
Area (ha): 0.562002429
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Area (ha): 85.13552278
Yet to be publicly acquired. Grassland and Grassy Woodland supporting Growling Grass Frog, Matted Flax-lily, Curly Sedge and other rare species. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: MULTIPLE
Area (ha): 182.5730037
Yet to be acquired. The corridors don't specifically protect grassland or Grassy Eucalypt Woodland, though often they do, as well as providing vital biodiversity corridors for habitat and floodplain ecologies. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands.
LGA: MULTIPLE
Area (ha): 84.59812827
To come.
LGA: BALLARAT
Area (ha): 11.93854216
To come.
LGA: BALLARAT
Area (ha): 12.97975652
To come.
LGA: MOYNE
Area (ha): 261.8021426
At 25m x 25m, and surrounded by a shopping centre car park, there's something profound here. Privately owned, but generously managed by Brimbank Council, this tiny patch contains Spiny Rice-flower and other rare plants. It even gets burnt. Owners planted exotic species in black-dyed mulch around it.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Area (ha): 0.101407182
To come.
LGA: PYRENEES
Area (ha): 4.330893523
A small, linear, easy-to-overlook grassland unobtrusively fenced from the main path. Contains Kangaroo Grass and a good population of Spiny Rice-flower.
LGA: HOBSONS BAY
Area (ha): 3.019217078
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed grassland. Declining in conservation value due to poor management. Western portion appears ploughed on aerial. Development now occurring adjacent.
LGA: MELTON
Area (ha): 94.83584573
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Partly intended to protect Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 26.14428979
Yet to be publicly acquired. Intended to protect Grassy Eucalypt Wood, Golden Sun Moth and Growling Grass Frog. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 26.47510901
The western, Kalkallo Retarding Basin portion is public land, with the remainder yet to be acquired. Grassland with Golden Sun Moth, Matted Flax-lily and Growling Grass Frog. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 108.9232204
Yet to be publicly acquired. Intended to protect Grassy Eucalypt Woodland and grassland. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Area (ha): 189.900351
Yet to be publicly acquired. Intended to protect Grassy Eucalypt Woodland and Golden Sun Moth. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 37.69776325
Yet to be publicly acquired. Intended to protect Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Area (ha): 20.99291992
Acquired for conservation in 2023, this once high-quality grassland has been neglected and declining for 15 years. The Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation will take on management. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba Parklands ('Body of the Mother').
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Area (ha): 123.4335973
Yet to be publicly acquired. Intended to protect Growling Grass Frog and provide connectivity. This parcel part of the Bald Hill area. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 16.81045243
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed grassland. Declining in conservation value due to poor management. Development now occurring adjacent.
LGA: MELTON
Area (ha): 31.77638828
Completely destroyed by the illegal dumping of a huge amount of asbestos-contaminated fill in early 2022, making ABC TV news. Melton Council currently taking legal action. Federal EPBC authorities and Victorian EPA slow to take action. Compensation essential. Illegal soil dumping now the business of organised crime.
LGA: MELTON
Area (ha): 43.3554611
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Part of area protects Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Clearing of land evident on aerial imagery, the legality of which needs to be investigated.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 203.0860791
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Area (ha): 141.9010759
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 7.344434274
To come.
LGA: SURF COAST
Area (ha): 29.13004331
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 105.5550039
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 353.5682707
To come.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 20.23646805
To come.
LGA: ARARAT
Area (ha): 578.8875093
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 32.2296468
The new Woi Wurrung name for Sunbury Fields Grassland is Darr Banneem, meaning 'spear grass', a prominent plant in the reserve.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 9.806831252
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 2.445884744
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 14.44452923
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: MELTON
Area (ha): 32.23014332
To come.
LGA: PYRENEES
Area (ha): 11.67341583
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 11.24168257
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Area (ha): 6.373375443
To come.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Area (ha): 14.92445069
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Area (ha): 10.86230817
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Area (ha): 51.32947027
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 3.405834073
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 23.11172964
To come.
LGA: MOYNE
Area (ha): 57.24659058
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: GREATER GEELONG
Area (ha): 55.86624435
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Area (ha): 72.59790755
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 18.32854555
To come.
LGA: ARARAT
Area (ha): 54.10770411
To come.
LGA: PYRENEES
Area (ha): 86.47070523
To come.
LGA: SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS
Area (ha): 8.446337646
To come.
LGA: MACEDON RANGES
Area (ha): 91.13759863
Disused rail reserve grassland including Swamp Everlasting and other matters of national and state significance. Would be threatened by future rail extension. Not surveyed.
LGA: CASEY
Area (ha): 2.195512966
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Area (ha): 47.02325672
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Area (ha): 39.5990014
To come.
LGA: MOYNE
Area (ha): 638.5307715
To come.
LGA: MOYNE
Area (ha): 13.06357357
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Grassland with Golden Sun Moth. Quality of management by private owner unknown, likely entirely absent.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Area (ha): 51.69960723
The Wurundjeri name for this Reserve means 'Back Bone'. It's the largest native grassland in the new Merri Creek Marram Baba Parklands. It contains endangered plants such as the Matted Flax-lily and Curly Sedge, as well as the Vulnerable Golden Sun Moth. 
LGA: HUME
Area (ha): 345.4857583
Until 1962 the Truganina Explosives Reserve was the Victorian Government's official storage centre for locally manufactured explosives. Its 16 ha includes a range of ecological communities such as Grassy Woodland and Coastal Scrub.
LGA: HOBSONS BAY
Area (ha): 15.43874051
Small, struggling fenced-off grassland in broad easement behind Brimbank Shopping Centre
LGA: BRIMBANK
Area (ha): 1.384998444
Extension of Galada Tamboore on Central Creek, and an important part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Area (ha): 5.211261607
Grassland
Catch-all
To come.
LGA: ARARAT
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 61.95781031
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 9.733184455
Roadside grassland. May now have been lost to weeds.
LGA: MELTON
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 38.49102154
To come.
LGA: GREATER GEELONG
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 12.93393032
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 3.474639099
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 7.970678815
High-quality rail reserve grassland threatened by Little River Logistics Precinct. Contains strong populations of Large-fruit Groundsel and Spiny Rice-flower, among other endangered species.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 4.789729468
To come.
LGA: MOYNE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 39.6384309
Conservation Area 6 is managed to protect Spiny Rice-flower and Striped Legless Lizard. Since 1996, an offset site was set aside to allow quarrying operations.
LGA: MELTON
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 94.32631939
Roadside grassland.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 10.26255503
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 17.622307
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 15.35502347
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 20.23549115
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 9.914181751
Formerly federal land, now poorly managed private land, considered under immediate threat. Heavily fenced, danger in northern portion because of high voltage underground infrastructure. Retains good biodiversity, Striped Legless Lizard, Golden Sun Moth. Translocation site prior to its sale. Environmental Effects Statement required for any future development.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 95.03679984
This large park contains areas of grassland, stony knolls, perched marsh and wetlands. It includes Spiny Rice-flower and Golden Sun Moth populations.
LGA: HUME
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 12.48934069
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 5.996610833
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 23.05599426
Grassland, revegetation beds and rocky outcrops on Kororoit Creek.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 0.845914628
To come.
LGA: SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 12.14453161
To come.
LGA: SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 39.85931895
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 12.90906452
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 282.1043284
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 60.71403945
To come.
LGA: SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 18.00908585
High-quality Roadside grassland, including Kangaroo Grass and Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands. Adjacent to Mount Ridley Nature Conservation Reserve. Matted Flax-lily and Golden Sun Moth present.
Other names:
LGA: HUME
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Type: NATURE CONSERVATION RESERVE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 135.7787174
Lattidude (decimal): -37.54530519
Longitude (decimal): 144.9220262
Location: -37.537950, 144.924928 (new extension of Aitken Blvd ends here, upon completion will have more insight as to entry/viewing point)
Natural values include remnant native grasslands and Grassy Woodlands adjoining Jacksons Creek. To become part of the Jacksons Creek biik wurrdha (‘Land of many’) Regional Parklands.
Other names:
LGA: HUME
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 94.05903005
Lattidude (decimal): -37.61055351
Longitude (decimal): 144.7403735
Forming the north-east corner of the Western Grassland Reserve, this herb-rich rocky parcel of Kangaroo Grass-dominated grassland includes Striped Legless Lizard, Large-fruit Groundsel and Spiny Rice-flower populations. Distinct variation occurs, with some damp patches and stony rises contributing to the site's diversity. Disappointingly, no public access.
Other names:
LGA: MELTON
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Type: Nature Conservation Reserve
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 44.42404371
Lattidude (decimal): -37.75997135
Longitude (decimal): 144.6608996
Includes Spiny-Rice-flower, Clover Glycine, Rye Beetle-grass and Growling Grass Frog. State significant Biosite 3549.
Other names:
LGA: MELTON
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Type: Nature Conservation Reserve
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 5.476849545
Lattidude (decimal): -37.67906749
Longitude (decimal): 144.7548551
Location: -37.682689, 144.757504
To come.
Other names:
LGA: PYRENEES
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Type: Nature Conservation Reserve
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 240.6493783
Lattidude (decimal): -37.60881344
Longitude (decimal): 143.3151456
Fenced reserve, one of numerous grasslands on the poorly named biodiversity corridor of Kayes Drain that runs from Ravenhall Grasslands to Ajax Road Grassland.
Other names:
LGA: BRIMBANK
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Type: Nature Conservation Reserve
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 10.25074731
Lattidude (decimal): -37.8089095
Longitude (decimal): 144.7735408
One of the first grasslands to be officially protected in Victoria, this once-fabulous grassland is being slowly surrendered to weeds through lack of Parks Victoria management funding ($1500 per year). Perhaps also the most public of all our grasslands, prominent on the Princes Freeway, a lost opportunity!
LGA: HOBSONS BAY
Type: NATURE CONSERVATION RESERVE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 48.55544164
Lattidude (decimal): -37.84241048
Longitude (decimal): 144.7966134
Reduced from a square mile (259 ha) to 30 ha, this once high-quality and now locked Reserve is an example of how not to do engagement and management. But if you jump the fence and explore you can see how species communities can vary across tiny changes in topography, just a few centimetres.
Other names:
LGA: BRIMBANK
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Type: Nature Conservation Reserve
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 29.97944422
Lattidude (decimal): -37.78542127
Longitude (decimal): 144.7661595
A real gem in a business park and adjacent to the Western Ring Road. An offset site, so Brimbank Council has good funds to manage it for the moment. Contains several endangered species and is site for translocations. $200,000 damage in 2023 from hooning.
Other names:
LGA: BRIMBANK
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Type: NATURE CONSERVATION RESERVE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 9.465191333
Lattidude (decimal): -37.78573709
Longitude (decimal): 144.7850446
To come.
Other names:
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Type: Nature Conservation Reserve
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 185.0075209
Lattidude (decimal): -37.96273507
Longitude (decimal): 144.0443073
Strategically located railway-edge grassland adjacent to Ajax Road Grassland. Privately owned, in decline as a result of poor management. Part of a proposed Bay to Coast to Grassland biolink through Hobsons Bay.
LGA: HOBSONS BAY
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 4.371299969
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 263.0014134
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 7.407895554
Numerous grassland patches, often stony rises, and Grassy Woodland integrated into Aurora residential estate. Adjacent to passive recreation, play spaces, BBQ facilities, shelters, lookouts and local, accessible place-making. Some degradation through poor management. Melbourne's best example of urban design for grassland conservation.
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 58.1348922
Yet to be publicly acquired. Grassland and Grassy Woodland supporting Growling Grass Frog, Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless Lizard, Matted Flax-lily, Curly Sedge and other rare species. Part of recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 215.9460968
Like Arcade Way and the Crossway, this parcel is the internal park of a Walter Burley Griffin estate. Now it is a community garden, but under one of the big eucalypts some grassland survives, cared for by the community.
LGA: MOONEE VALLEY
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 0.562002429
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 85.13552278
Yet to be publicly acquired. Grassland and Grassy Woodland supporting Growling Grass Frog, Matted Flax-lily, Curly Sedge and other rare species. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: MULTIPLE
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 182.5730037
Yet to be acquired. The corridors don't specifically protect grassland or Grassy Eucalypt Woodland, though often they do, as well as providing vital biodiversity corridors for habitat and floodplain ecologies. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands.
LGA: MULTIPLE
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 84.59812827
To come.
LGA: BALLARAT
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 11.93854216
To come.
LGA: BALLARAT
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 12.97975652
To come.
LGA: MOYNE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 261.8021426
At 25m x 25m, and surrounded by a shopping centre car park, there's something profound here. Privately owned, but generously managed by Brimbank Council, this tiny patch contains Spiny Rice-flower and other rare plants. It even gets burnt. Owners planted exotic species in black-dyed mulch around it.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 0.101407182
To come.
LGA: PYRENEES
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 4.330893523
A small, linear, easy-to-overlook grassland unobtrusively fenced from the main path. Contains Kangaroo Grass and a good population of Spiny Rice-flower.
Other names:
LGA: HOBSONS BAY
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Type: NATURE CONSERVATION RESERVE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 3.019217078
Lattidude (decimal): -37.88316076
Longitude (decimal): 144.7942373
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed grassland. Declining in conservation value due to poor management. Western portion appears ploughed on aerial. Development now occurring adjacent.
LGA: MELTON
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 94.83584573
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Partly intended to protect Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 26.14428979
Yet to be publicly acquired. Intended to protect Grassy Eucalypt Wood, Golden Sun Moth and Growling Grass Frog. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 26.47510901
The western, Kalkallo Retarding Basin portion is public land, with the remainder yet to be acquired. Grassland with Golden Sun Moth, Matted Flax-lily and Growling Grass Frog. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: HUME
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 108.9232204
Yet to be publicly acquired. Intended to protect Grassy Eucalypt Woodland and grassland. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 189.900351
Yet to be publicly acquired. Intended to protect Grassy Eucalypt Woodland and Golden Sun Moth. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 37.69776325
Yet to be publicly acquired. Intended to protect Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 20.99291992
Acquired for conservation in 2023, this once high-quality grassland has been neglected and declining for 15 years. The Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation will take on management. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba Parklands ('Body of the Mother').
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 123.4335973
Yet to be publicly acquired. Intended to protect Growling Grass Frog and provide connectivity. This parcel part of the Bald Hill area. Part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
LGA: HUME
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 16.81045243
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed grassland. Declining in conservation value due to poor management. Development now occurring adjacent.
LGA: MELTON
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 31.77638828
Completely destroyed by the illegal dumping of a huge amount of asbestos-contaminated fill in early 2022, making ABC TV news. Melton Council currently taking legal action. Federal EPBC authorities and Victorian EPA slow to take action. Compensation essential. Illegal soil dumping now the business of organised crime.
LGA: MELTON
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 43.3554611
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Part of area protects Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Clearing of land evident on aerial imagery, the legality of which needs to be investigated.
LGA: HUME
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 203.0860791
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 141.9010759
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 7.344434274
To come.
LGA: SURF COAST
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 29.13004331
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 105.5550039
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 353.5682707
To come.
LGA: HUME
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 20.23646805
To come.
LGA: ARARAT
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 578.8875093
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 32.2296468
The new Woi Wurrung name for Sunbury Fields Grassland is Darr Banneem, meaning 'spear grass', a prominent plant in the reserve.
LGA: HUME
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 9.806831252
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 2.445884744
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 14.44452923
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: MELTON
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 32.23014332
To come.
LGA: PYRENEES
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 11.67341583
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 11.24168257
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 6.373375443
To come.
LGA: BRIMBANK
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 14.92445069
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 10.86230817
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 51.32947027
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 3.405834073
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 23.11172964
To come.
LGA: MOYNE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 57.24659058
The Western Grassland Reserve, part of state-federal Melbourne Strategic Assessment (MSA), is failing to deliver promised conservation outcomes due to poor set-up and implementation. Only 18% acquired. Weeds proliferating. Complex management issues. Huge, urgent restoration effort required to save remaining recoverable, good-quality grassland. Some praiseworthy recent progress by reinvigorated team.
LGA: GREATER GEELONG
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 55.86624435
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 72.59790755
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Grassy Eucalypt Woodland. Quality of management by private owner unknown.
LGA: HUME
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 18.32854555
To come.
LGA: ARARAT
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 54.10770411
To come.
LGA: PYRENEES
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 86.47070523
To come.
LGA: SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 8.446337646
To come.
LGA: MACEDON RANGES
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 91.13759863
Disused rail reserve grassland including Swamp Everlasting and other matters of national and state significance. Would be threatened by future rail extension. Not surveyed.
LGA: CASEY
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 2.195512966
To come.
LGA: CORANGAMITE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 47.02325672
To come.
LGA: GOLDEN PLAINS
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 39.5990014
To come.
LGA: MOYNE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 638.5307715
To come.
LGA: MOYNE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 13.06357357
Yet to be publicly acquired. Unsurveyed. Grassland with Golden Sun Moth. Quality of management by private owner unknown, likely entirely absent.
LGA: WYNDHAM
Type: Conservation Area
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 51.69960723
The Wurundjeri name for this Reserve means 'Back Bone'. It's the largest native grassland in the new Merri Creek Marram Baba Parklands. It contains endangered plants such as the Matted Flax-lily and Curly Sedge, as well as the Vulnerable Golden Sun Moth. 
Other names: Craigieburn Grassland
LGA: HUME
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Type: Nature Conservation Reserve
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 345.4857583
Lattidude (decimal): -37.60740654
Longitude (decimal): 144.9465698
Until 1962 the Truganina Explosives Reserve was the Victorian Government's official storage centre for locally manufactured explosives. Its 16 ha includes a range of ecological communities such as Grassy Woodland and Coastal Scrub.
Other names:
LGA: HOBSONS BAY
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Type: NATURE CONSERVATION RESERVE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 15.43874051
Lattidude (decimal): -37.87763027
Longitude (decimal): 144.8030595
Small, struggling fenced-off grassland in broad easement behind Brimbank Shopping Centre
LGA: BRIMBANK
Type: NATURE CONSERVATION RESERVE
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 1.384998444
Lattidude (decimal): -37.74905412
Longitude (decimal): 144.7726245
Extension of Galada Tamboore on Central Creek, and an important part of the recently declared Merri Creek Marram Baba ('Body of the Mother') Parklands, a critical biodiversity corridor through Melbourne's northern suburbs.
Other names:
LGA: WHITTLESEA
Notes:
Key features:
Access:
Status: Extant
Area (ha): 5.211261607
Lattidude (decimal): -37.68445981
Longitude (decimal): 144.9835151