Yarra Ranges National Park

Bushfires and old-growth logging have made Leadbeater’s possums an endangered species in Yarra Ranges National Park. This tiny marsupial (30 centimetres long, half of that being its tail) lives in the hollows of old mountain ash, in areas with a dense understorey of wattle. Lucky visitors may be able to spot them by sitting beneath hollows at dusk and waiting for the possum’s silhouetted body to emerge. Many bird species in the park are hollow-tree dwellers as well, such as the possum-eating powerful owl and the rare sooty owl. Badger Weir Picnic Area is a good place to see lyrebirds.

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