Traveling south along the Hume Fwy between Violet Town and Seymour, you pass by several prominent rocky outcrops on your left in the Strathbogie Ranges. One of these is the 60 ha Big Hill Flora (Conservation) Reserve, near Longwood. It’s one of a very small number of conservation reserves in the Strathbogie Ranges and one of the last remaining examples of the quality native vegetation on public land on the rocky, western escarpment of the ranges. The reserve is well worth a visit and is easily accessed from the Old Hume Hwy; turn off the Freeway at Old Longwood.
Parts of the reserve were historically cleared of trees and the site has a history of grazing, but there are still areas of intact woodland and escarpment shrubland. It’s a gently walk up the north-south spine of the hill from the road to the summit – a climb of 140 m in altitude.
The reserve has no signs or amenities, so be sure to use a map and don’t stray onto private property (some of the boundary fences are down or in poor repair). All the standard rules for conservation reserves apply and, please, ‘take only photos and leave behind only your footsteps’. The following activities are not allowed: firewood collecting, damaging vegetation, off-road vehicles, shooting, littering/rubbish dumping.For further information about this reserve, contact DELWP, Benalla Office 57611611.
If you have an hour or so to spare, why not visit Big Hill and enjoy the view!