The Euroa Arboretum is located 160km north of Melbourne CBD on Euroa Main Road just before the entrance to the Hume Freeway. This 28-hectare park used to be Vic Roads Depot. When Hume Highway Euroa Bypass was opened in April 1992 the site became disused and the locals lobbied it to be turned into a parkland. Lyle Jeffery, the then Euroa Shire Engineer, and Sally Mann, the site’s first coordinator, suggested the site become an Arboretum, and that became a reality. The land has been transformed into native bushland incorporating a lake, picnic facilities and art installations with a broader vision of influencing the land management practices of surrounding communities and environmental outcomes of the surrounding landscapes.
To achieve that vision, Arboretum also incorporates a plant nursery. The plant nursery sells indigenous plants for revegetation projects. The nursery also sells plants at local markets for home gardens. Paul Thompson, who along with TCL designed Cranbourne’s Australian Garden, is behind the master plan for the site. Future developments at the arboretum will focus on conservation and educating people on ecological restoration techniques.
The chain of man-made ponds at the Arboretum gives the impression of a local creek and river system. It is stocked with Rainbow Trout and Redfin for recreational fishing. This place is ideal for a stroll among lovely native trees observing birdlife or for a family picnic. But there is a long way to go before this can be counted as a visitor attraction.
The Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seedbank (GBIS) is a non-commercial, not-for-profit Seedbank that is part of Euroa Arboretum with a mission to provide genetically healthy seed to support landscape restoration activities.
Location: 76 Euroa Main Road, Euroa, Victoria, Australia
Opening Hours: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year
Plant Nursery Opening Hours: Visit http://euroaarboretum.com.au/plant-nursery/
Entry is free
Dogs must be on leash
There are many picnic tables and seats. There is a formal picnic area with shelter
There is no rubbish collection at the Arboretum, so visitors need to take all the rubbish with them when leaving.
Toilets are located near the picnic shelter.