Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve

The Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve is located within the boundaries of the Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve. There are several walking tracks throughout the reserve. One track encircles the high cliffs of the quarry and another the lake at the base of the cliffs. Following the path from Station Street will take you past ruins of an explosives store. Rock climbing and abseiling were quite popular in the reserve but is now strictly prohibited.

Four species of Eucalyptus and four species of Acacia dominate the reserve. Most botanically significant is the diversity and abundance of indigenous native grasses and wildflowers. More than thirty species of orchids have been documented in the reserve. At least 45 native species of birds have been recorded as breeding in the reserve and many other species visit to feed or rest. Waterbirds are often seen on the quarry lake. Several bat species have been recorded and (supposedly) rare sightings of koalas. The quarry lake and surrounding ponds and dams are home to small to microscopic aquatic creatures and various frogs.

A 1.7km circuit takes you to the top of the quarry offering spectacular views of Moorooduc and Mornington bush and farmland. It is quite steep and unsteady in places and there are over 200 steps taking you to the peak of the quarry. Known as the 'stair run' to locals, it has become quite a popular training spot for boot camp groups, fitness groups and football teams who are after torturous training sessions. For such a remote area, stair traffic can be rather busy, particularly in the mornings on the weekend.

Established in 1887 and used until 1961, rock was quarried here using explosives, loaded into dobbin carts and taken to a steam powered crusher. The resulting crushed stone was loaded into larger carts and transported to the Mornington railway line via a spur-line.

Location: The Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna Reserve is located in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia and occupies approximately 27 hectares of land. There are entrances to the reserve located on Allison Road, Canadian Bay Road, Two Bays Road and Station Street near the Moorooduc Railway Station.

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