Bridport national parks and parks

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    EXPLORE THE WETLAND COMMUNITIES, RELICT DUNE SYSTEM AND ABUNDANT FLORA AND FAUNA AT WATERHOUSE CONSERVATION AREA: Photo - N.R. Goldsmith, Knox Photographic Society, courtesy of Tourism Tasmania. All rights reserved
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The Waterhouse Conservation Area

The Waterhouse Conservation Area in Tasmania's north-east contains many wetland communities, including three major permanent deep-water lagoons - Blackmans Lagoon and Big Waterhouse and Little Waterhouse lakes.

Little Waterhouse Lake is listed under the Ramsar Convention as an internationally significant wetland. It is a very productive lake, supporting a high diversity of species, including species of particular conservation significance such as the rare Wolfia australis, the smallest flowering plant in the world.

Extensive, relict dune systems formed during the Ice Age can be seen in the north of the reserve extending from Croppies Points through to Tomahawk Beach.

The Waterhouse Conservation Area encompasses a diverse range of vegetation communities, including one of the largest areas of heathland on the north-east coast, a vegetation community which has been greatly reduced in extent since European settlement.

These diverse habitats support a rich fauna. Nine threatened species of bird and at least three, and possibly four, of Tasmania's six species of threatened mammals are found in the reserve, as is a rare freshwater fish - the dwarf galaxias - and the vulnerable green and golden frog. Blackmans Lagoon and its feeder creeks constitute probably the single most important site in the State for the green and golden frog.

Activities

Wildlife viewing, fishing, and recreational vehicle use.

Camping

There is camping available in the park.

Location

Located 50 km east of Bridport.

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Granite Point Conservation Area
(inc. Bridport Wildflower Reserve)

Bridport Wildflower Reserve is part of Granite Point Conservation Area. The reserve includes a number of threatened species which are locally common in the reserve.

The flower reserve is a very special place boasting one of the best displays of heath flowers in spring. Some 180 vascular plant species grow here in very distinct vegetation communities. Consequently they have high conservation values, with three of the vegetation communities considered endangered and four vulnerable.

A 2.2 kilometre hard surfave track runs through the reserve, passing through a variety of vegetation communities. At the northern end of the track, another track leads to Adams Beach.

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