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Volcanic Plains - Camperdown, South West Victoria, Australia.

Mount Leura & Mount Sugarloaf are part of a large volcanic complex known as the Leura Maar which was formed more than 20,000 years ago by a series of major volcanic eruptions.

Since 1995, community involvement on the Reserve has resulted in major conservation and revegetation activities, including planting thousands of indigenous trees, grasses and herbs, construction of paths, information displays and shelters.

Located in the third-largest volcanic plain in the world, the summit of Mt Leura affords magnificent views of the district´s many volcanic cones. Take the time to explore the amazing natural beauty of the Reserve − you never know what you might find! 

The reserve is part of the Kanawinka Geopark.

What´s On? Click here for our News & Events Blog!

It's easy to get involved! Click here for more information about Friends of Mt Leura!

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Here's a link to our history timeline, hover over dates to reveal information: Project Timeline.

Find out more about the regions cultural heritage here: Leehura People.

Find out more about the geology of the region: The rock'n'roll of it!

Wildflowers to find! Find out more about plant species of the region: Flora.

Birds, reptiles, amphibians, nocturnal animals... find out more: Fauna.

Conservation, community, cultural heritage... discover the unique geology, flora, fauna and history of the Reserves!

To get involved email Friends of Mt Leura: ua.gr1493276266o.aru1493276266eltm@1493276266lmof1493276266

Use our contact form, visit our contact page for all options! You can also use our contact form to become a member of Friends of Mt Leura... it's free 🙂

Click here to visit our Friends of Mt Leura Facebook Page.

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Two tawny frogmouths at the lower shelter carpark this morning!
Hear a chainsaw up on Sugarloaf this morning? Pine removal is happening in the old quarry. Today they're being felled and if the weather holds up, an excavator will be on site over the next couple of days making burn piles, to be burnt in Winter.
PLEASE if you can avoid the Sugarloaf track for the next couple of days that would be appreciated so we can all stay safe.
Thanks to our amazing feller Charlie, local CFA, and our volunteers Garth, Greg and Fran.
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Two tawny frogmouths at the lower shelter carpark this morning! 
Hear a chainsaw up on Sugarloaf this morning? Pine removal is happening in the old quarry. Today theyre being felled and if the weather holds up, an excavator will be on site over the next couple of days making burn piles, to be burnt in Winter.
PLEASE if you can avoid the Sugarloaf track for the next couple of days that would be appreciated so we can all stay safe. 
Thanks to our amazing feller Charlie, local CFA, and our volunteers Garth, Greg and Fran.

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John CreeceGood job, well done to all !!

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Haven't seen my buddies for a while, Mr Grumpy pants was back today ... See MoreSee Less

Havent seen my buddies for a while, Mr Grumpy pants was back today

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Wendy BernhardtI haven't seen them for ages.....glad hes still around

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Sally CondieYep they were just hangin together

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Beautiful day for a stroll today

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If you haven't been up the Mount tracks of late, go for a walk and see how spiffy they're looking! Last week they were mowed extra wide to remove the grass/bracken growing over the tracks from the side, making them safer and easier to navigate. Extra mowing also completed around the shelters.

It's been a big month up on the Mounts- our new councillors toured; the Reserves hosted St Pat's annual Fun Run; the Armco at the top carpark has been painted; bat monitoring & evidence they're using our bat boxes (yes, poo) and a new notice board at the Volcanic Ed Centre!
This next month is set to be a cracker too. Watch this space for updates....
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If you havent been up the Mount tracks of late, go for a walk and see how spiffy theyre looking! Last week they were mowed extra wide to remove the grass/bracken growing over the tracks from the side, making them safer and easier to navigate. Extra mowing also completed around the shelters.

Its been a big month up on the Mounts- our new councillors toured; the Reserves hosted St Pats annual Fun Run; the Armco at the top carpark has been painted; bat monitoring & evidence theyre using our bat boxes (yes, poo) and a new notice board at the Volcanic Ed Centre! 
This next month is set to be a cracker too. Watch this space for updates....

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Sally CondieDid Leura & Sugar loaf over the weekend everything looks amazing

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Jess HarmsworthYay for mowed tracks!! :)

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Mandy PittI had a beautiful Auntie Leura named after Mt Leura born 12 March 1926 at the base of Mt Leura in the Wright family home. Daughter of Elizabeth (Stevens) and John Thomson ❤

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Daniel SmartFantastic view up there, grew up running up and down Leura as a kid, great memories 👌

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Kathryn BrewerYes, love the mowed track & did notice the paint job. Looking very spiffy 👍🏻

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John CreeceThe tracks look great !!

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Mandy PittLes Kennedy beautiful Mt Leura.

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A beautiful day for a wander today

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Friends of Mt Leura IncHi Sally ... ta for the photos. Will get organised asap. Arky.

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BAT REPORT #3
Unfortunately this will be the final report for this trapping event. Due to the cold and wet weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow Trevor has determined that we are unable to trap tonight.
Many thanks to those who turned up this morning ... great to once again see so many children in attendance.
Unfortunately we didn't manage any bats today .... but it was still a lovely morning to be up and about the Reserves. Arky.
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BAT REPORT # 2.
One of the 2 Harp traps managed a successful trap. Whilst we were hoping for a better result, for those people who turned up it was still a great experience. Trevor explained a lot and showed how he recorded the data about the bat that was captured and what type of microbat it was. Weighing in at ONLY 4.8 gram it is amazingly tiny. Trevor suggested it was most likely a Little Forest bat ... though they are difficult to easily distinguish with the Southern Forest bat.
A few photos from this morning are attached.
We will be meeting again tomorrow morning at 8.00 at the Lower Shelter. Join us if you can to check the harp traps and see what has been caught.
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BAT REPORT # 2.
One of the 2 Harp traps managed a successful trap. Whilst we were hoping for a better result, for those people who turned up it was still a great experience. Trevor explained a lot and showed how he recorded the data about the bat that was captured and what type of microbat it was. Weighing in at ONLY 4.8 gram it is amazingly tiny. Trevor suggested it was most likely a Little Forest bat ... though they are difficult to easily distinguish with the Southern Forest bat. 
A few photos from this morning are attached.
We will be meeting again tomorrow morning at 8.00 at the Lower Shelter. Join us if you can to check the harp traps and see what has been caught. 
Posted by Arky.

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BAT MONITORING REPORT #1
Hi all .. time to report that the two Harp traps have been erected and are ready to do their job. With a warm day today and awarm night forecast we are hoping that it is good conditions for the little micro bats to be out and about. All thanks to Fran for organizing Trevor and his assistants Lance and Barry from the Geelong Field Nats to conduct the surveys over the next few nights. The Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf Management Committee is proud to be supporting this activity with the 'Friends of'.

If you are interested and have the time come along to the Lower Shelter tomorrow morning at 8.00am and check out what has been caught. This will be repeated Saturday and Sunday mornings weather dependent.

A few photos attached of this evenings setting up. Posted by Arky.
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BAT MONITORING REPORT #1
Hi all .. time to report that the two Harp traps have been erected and are ready to do their job. With a warm day today and awarm night forecast we are hoping that it is good conditions for the little micro bats to be out and about. All thanks to Fran for organizing Trevor and his assistants Lance and Barry from the Geelong Field Nats to conduct the surveys over the next few nights. The Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf Management Committee is proud to be supporting this activity with the Friends of.

If you are interested and have the time come along to the Lower Shelter tomorrow morning at 8.00am and check out what has been caught. This will be repeated Saturday and Sunday mornings weather dependent. 

A few photos attached of this evenings setting up. Posted by Arky.

Autumn gives the best sunrises and Mt Leura is the perfect spot to enjoy them! ... See MoreSee Less

Autumn gives the best sunrises and Mt Leura is the perfect spot to enjoy them!

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Friends of Mt Leura IncBelinda ... is this one of your photos??? It's a ripper!!!

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Sally CondieAmazing

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Michelle NortonSO worth getting up for

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Bat monitoring on this Thursday to Sunday @ Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf Reserves and you're invited! Great opportunity for you to get close to and learn more about the world's only mammal capable of sustained flight.
Details on the flyer attached and check out (and share) our event.
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Bat monitoring on this Thursday to Sunday @ Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf Reserves and youre invited! Great opportunity for you to get close to and learn more about the worlds only mammal capable of sustained flight. 
Details on the flyer attached and check out (and share) our event.

Friends of Mt Leura Inc added 3 new photos.

Another successful plant propagation event yesterday. 1880 cells sown across 13 different plants ... plus lots of Silver Banksias potted up. Many thanks to Errol, Joc, Karen, Pat, Kerry and Lynette for their great work. Arky.
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Another successful plant propagation event yesterday. 1880 cells sown across 13 different plants ... plus lots of Silver Banksias potted up. Many thanks to Errol, Joc, Karen, Pat, Kerry and Lynette for their great work. Arky.