Kooyoora State Park
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Kooyoora State Park, located 220 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Melbourne, and 12km west of Inglewood, Victoria, Australia is a 11,350 hectare reserve comprising box-ironbark forest and rocky granite outcrops including Melville Caves.
Facilities include walking tracks, lookouts, a campground and a picnic ground with a shelter and toilets.
Kooyoora State Park was proclaimed in 1985. The original inhabitants of the area were the Jaara people who used the rock caves and shelters for protection from the weather. European settlers moved into the area in the 1840s and gold mining commenced in the late 1850s. The bushranger, Captain Melville is believed to have used the area as a hideout.
The native grasslands provide a food source for kangaroos and wallabies. Key tree species include Blakely's Red Gum, Yellow and Grey Box and Red Ironbark.
Coordinates: 36°36′3.4″S 143°41′34″E / 36.600944°S 143.69278°E / -36.600944; 143.69278
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