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Ford Road Conservation Area

Attraction Sheldon

Description

Description

The The Ford Road Conservation Area is a 134 hectare reserve located in Sheldon and offers bushwalking, mountain bike and horse riding trails. It's also a popular spot for bird and butterfly-watching. A stroll along the pathways take you to wildlife in their natural bushland habitat and to endangered tree species. The vegetation of the area is dominated by moist riparian closed forest among open regrowth Eucalyptus forest. The ecosystem is important for its biodiversity, and contains a large number of 'old growth' koala food trees and hollow bearing habitat trees. The large Lophostemon confertus trees found in the reserve also support epiphytic plants, Eucalyptus major and Eucalyptus microcorys. A high density of scratchings also indicates the value of these trees for supporting wildlife. The conservation area lies north of Avalon Road and Ford Road. Enter from the Avalon Road horse trail or the main entrance on Avalon Road. Parking is available in the nearby Don and Christine Burnett reserve. The park reserve is open 4am to 10pm daily. There is a trail hut with map and seat, tank water and bike/horse rail.