Kara Kara National Park

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Kara Kara National Park
Victoria
IUCN category II (national park)
St Arnaud Range National Park 2011.jpg
The view looking south from the St Arnaud Range, within the Kara Kara National Park
Kara Kara National Park is located in Victoria
Kara Kara National Park
Kara Kara National Park
Nearest town or city St Arnaud
Coordinates 36°51′38″S 143°17′07″E / 36.86056°S 143.28528°E / -36.86056; 143.28528Coordinates: 36°51′38″S 143°17′07″E / 36.86056°S 143.28528°E / -36.86056; 143.28528
Established 30 October 2002 (2002-10-30)[1]
Area 139.9 km2 (54.0 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Parks Victoria
Website Kara Kara National Park
See also Protected areas of Victoria

The Kara Kara National Park is a national park located in the Wimmera/Goldfields region of Victoria, Australia. The 13,990-hectare (34,600-acre) national park is situated approximately 190 kilometres (120 mi) north-west of Melbourne, west of the Sunraysia Highway, and to the south of the town of St Arnaud.

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Kara Kara National Park protects one of the most intact remnants of Victoria's box-ironbark forests. Parts of the park are relatively unmodified in comparison to other areas of forest in the central goldfields and are a fine example of the type of vegetation that once covered almost 13% of Victoria. The park is of importance to the Dja Dja Wurrung people.[1]

Most of the park lies within the Northern Grampians Shire and the southern part of the park is within the Pyrenees Shire. The national park was proclaimed on 30 October 2002 (2002-10-30) as the St Arnaud Range National Park and it incorporated the former Kara Kara State Park and most of the St Arnaud Range State Forest. Following release of a draft park management plan in April 2009 and subsequent consultations in accordance with the Geographic Places Names Act, 1998 (Vic) and Guidelines for Geographic Names (2010), the park was renamed as the Kara Kara National Park.[1][2][3]

The park lies within the St Arnaud Box-Ironbark Region Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance for swift parrots and other woodland birds.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kara Kara National Park management plan (PDF). Parks Victoria (PDF). Government of Victoria. October 2013. p. 1. ISBN 9780731183876. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kara Kara National Park". Parks Victoria. Government of Victoria. 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "St Arnaud Range National Park: Visitor Guide" (PDF). Parks Victoria (PDF). Government of Victoria. December 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "IBA: St Arnaud Box-Ironbark Region". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 22 October 2011.