Livingstone National Park
Park Overview
Close to Wagga Wagga, Livingstone National Park and Livingstone State Conservation Area are great for camping, mountain bike riding, horse riding, picnicking, 4WD touring and birdwatching. Just 30km south of Wagga Wagga, Livingstone National Park and the nearby Livingstone State Conservation Area boast close to 2,000ha of richly varied bushland. Wherever you travel throughout the park, you’ll be struck by the diversity of the ever-changing landscape. In spring, when all the native wildflowers burst with colour, including several species of orchids, the landscape is simply spectacular. Austral indigo, kangaroo thorn and clustered everlasting are a must-see at this time of year.Take a walk, mountain bike or enjoy a horse ride along Livingstone multi-use track. Birdwatchers will enjoy the chance to spot many threatened woodland birds, including turquoise and swift parrots and scarlet and hooded robins. You’ll also glimpse eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies, wombats and goannas on your adventure through Livingstone National Park.
History of the Area
Livingstone National Park was once pastoral holdings until the area was converted to a state forest in 1917. Continuous, though limited, mining occurred from 1872 to 1950, and again in the early 1980s. Early mining activity was for gold and, in later times, wolframite. Today, there is still evidence of trenches, mullock heaps, and mine shafts.
Nature of the Area
During spring, you'll see an abundance of beautiful plants flowering in Livingstone. Bursts of purple Austral indigo interspersed with yellow kangaroo thorn, cream-coloured grass trees, and nodding blue lily (which is actually purple) form a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours. A population of Yass Daisy, a threatened species, occurs in Livingstone - the most south-westerly limit of its known range. Six distinctive forest ecosystems here make for a uniquely varied, interesting landscape. The park also contains a diverse range of native animals, including 5 amphibian species, 9 reptile species, 15 mammal species, and 185 species of birds. Many threatened species have been recorded here, and it's a sanctuary for swift, superb and turquoise parrots, barking owls, hooded robins, and diamond firetails.
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