Mt Crawford Forest
Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park
Kaiser Stuhl Conservation Park is also just minutes away; this rugged park is perfect for day bushwalkers. There are two walking trails passing through a variety of landscapes, including creeks rocky outcrops, low scrub and open grassland, home to many native birds and animals and around 356 plant species.
Goldfields Conservation Park
This is a great experience, peaceful walking trails with abundant bird life amongst the ruins of miners’ huts and nearly one thousand old mine shafts. Lots of information is provided on the extensive safety-fenced walking trails, regarding the 1860s gold rush, when 3 tons of gold was found, and up to 5000 people lived in the bush to escape harsh times.
Altona Landcare Reserve
Altona, a little-know conservation reserve, is just outside the village of Lyndock, a beautiful scenic 30 minute drive on back roads from Wings. An ecological success story, it has been reclaimed by locals from an old quarry site. It is approximately the same size as Wings, with 96 species of birds recorded along with many types of native mammals and reptiles. Spend the morning enjoying the park then take a 5 minute drive to the fantastic Orlando visitor centre to taste from the extensive list of wines, choosing one to accompany lunch at their first-class restaurant overlooking the vineyards.