We acknowledge the Wadawurrung People as the Traditional Owners of this land and all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of the Greater Geelong community today.

Featuring one of the last remaining remnants of endangered Plains Grassy Woodland on the Bellarine Peninsula, the 13.6 hectare Indented Head Woodland Nature Reserve is located on the western boundary of the town.

The reserve is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. In particular, the wetland provides habitat for the Latham Snipe, a migratory bird that travels between Japan and Australia every year.

What to look for when you visit

Wildlife includes:

  • Latham Snipe*
  • Tawny Frogmouth
  • Red-browed Finch
  • Superb Fairy-wren
  • Crested Shrike-tit
  • Dusky Woodswallow
  • White-browed Woodswallow
  • Quail
  • Red-rumped Parrot
  • Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
  • Galah
  • Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Rainbow Bee-eater
  • Silvereye
  • Grey Fantail
  • New Holland Honeyeater
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Eastern Rosella

Trees, plants and grasses include:

  • Red-gums
  • A single large Coastal Manna Gum
  • Native orchids, include species of Greenhoods (see photo left), sun and onion orchids
  • Native lilies
  • Native grasses

* Listed as a vulnerable species in Victoria

A Friends of Indented Head Woodland group was formed in October 2019. The group has about 20 members who meet at least once a month to hand weed and learn about the reserve and bushland restoration.

View our dog walking map to find where you can walk your dog off leash.