The Wombat State Forest is an area rich in natural beauty, history and tradition.
Covering approximately 70,000 hectares, the Wombat State Forest contains the headwaters of the Lerderderg, Campaspe and Loddon rivers. A notable feature in the forest is the extent of mineral springs which is said to account for 80% of Australia's mineral springs.
The Wombat is a biodiversity hotspot and home to a plethora of native plants and animals, including the Common Wombat, Koala, Short-beaked Echidna, Agile Antechinus, Brush-tailed Phascogale (vulnerable in Victoria) and the Greater Glider.
Bird watchers might enjoy looking for the several state-listed threatened bird species occur in the forest including the Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Grey Goshawk, Australian Masked Owl, Powerful Owl and Square-tailed Kite. Additionally, the forest is the western extent of the range of the Red-browed Treecreeper and Olive Whistler.
The Wombat Forest is also a hotspot for the diversity of fungi. Hundreds of species have been documented from the familiar mushroom to the more bizarre forms of those shaped like corals, cups, clubs, jellies, lattice balls and even starfish!