Thursday, 12 January 2012
Recently, a few thousand years ago, Mt Eccles erupted and lava flowed slowly to the south in a fairly narrow band that we now call 'the stones'. It's a very rocky area and the dominant trees are Blackwood Wattles and Manna Gums.
Geologically it's a very interesting area and there is a diverse range of flora and fauna found there as well. The most recent survey, based at Lake Condah, was done by the Bush Blitz team from Museum Victoria. A large part of the lava flow area is now reserved in Mt Eccles National Park or Indigenous Protected Areas (Caring for Country) on the Darlot Creek at Budj Bim (Lake Condah), Kurtonitj (Homerton) and Tyrendarra. Some, like the property above and below, is still privately owned and grazed.