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Woodlands Historic Park & Homestead
Information: Emigrating from Ireland with his family to seek a healthier climate, William Pomeroy Greene, a former Royal Navy officer, moved into the newly erected Woodlands Homestead on 9 June 1843. The historic Woodlands Homestead is a rare example of an early prefabricated building. It was designed in Britain, probably for export to India. Its association with early pioneering families make it significant to the early settlement of the Port Phillip District. It is surrounded by gardens that have now been restored. Magnolias at the Homestead are the oldest recorded garden plants in Victoria. Woodlands Homestead and its outbuildings and gardens were extensively restored in 1983 and 1984. The Woodlands Historic Park also contains scarred trees and surface scatters, evidence of the Woiworung Aboriginal people, who lived in the area before Europeans arrived. The descendants of the Woiworung still retain a close identity with the land around Melbourne. The park also contains the ruins of two other 19th century homesteads, Cumberland and Dun Donald. The Friends Group at this park presents excellent dramatised versions of the Homesteadís history once a month on Saturday evenings. Aboriginal Traditional Owners Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Fauna A 400 ha section of the park, the 'Back Paddock', was fenced in 1987 as a Nature Reserve to protect native wildlife from dogs, cats and foxes. The endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot was re-established here in 1988 and this colony is playing a major role in securing the species' future. Sightings of Eastern Grey Kangaroos are a certainty; you may also see echidnas, skinks and Eastern Blue-tongue lizards basking in the sun. The homestead is open from 10am- 4pm ( with the gates closing at 4pm) 7 days a week. Devonshire teas, and assorted beverages can be purchased at the homestead. There are daily tours of the horses at 11am and 2pm. Prices are $10 entry fee into see the horses, $5 pensioners and kids under 14 are free. The park is a 20 km drive from the centre of Melbourne and is immediately north of Melbourne Airport. Park entrances are off Somerton Road (Melway ref: 178 C6) and Oaklands Road for Woodlands Homestead (Melway ref: 177 J9) and Providence Road (Melway ref: 178 F10).
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Oaklands Road
Greenvale

Website: http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1park_display.cfm?park=220
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