Rainforest in Victoria.
When asked the question "what is rainforest?", many people think about lush tropical rainforests of northern Australia or in other countries such as the Amazon Jungle.
However it may come as a surprise to know that in Victoria there are three major distinct types of rainforest:
Rainforest in Victoria is rare, covering only 0.14% or 32,000 hectares of Victoria's total area. Although relatively small in overall size, these rainforests are the home to 30% of all Victoria's rare or threatened flora species.
Most of this rainforest is concentrated in just four regions: the Otways, the Central Highlands, South Gippsland and East Gippsland.
Click on a region to find out about rainforest in that location.
Victorian rainforests of today have not only survived recent European land clearing, logging and wildfires, they have also survived great climatic changes on the Australian continent over hundreds of millions of years.
The small remnant rainforests in Victoria now grow predominantly in sheltered south facing gullies in fertile and high rainfall areas. The greatest threats to rainforest are wildfires and human activities (such as clearfell logging) that increase the probability that rainforest plant communities will be destroyed by wildfire if appropriate buffers are not put in place. Rainforest is an extremely important and irreplaceable part of the Victorian natural landscape.
Once lost, lost forever!
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