Legend has it that a well-known miner who went by the name of Paddy once roamed the Box-Ironbark forest surrounding Maryborough. From the 1840s the land was used by the pioneers for grazing, gold mining, timber harvesting, eucalyptus oil and honey production. In 1951 the Maryborough Field Naturalist Club started vying for protection of this unique forest and in 1989, the State Park was reserved and Paddy’s Ranges National Park was officially born.
In 2002, the area was increased to conserve 1,954 hectares of stunning forestland woodlands that is now home to over 140 bird species and over 230 species of wildflowers. The Visitor Information Centre offers a detailed 'Wildflowers Located at Paddys Ranges' brochure.
Along with wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, possums and more, the Park is rich with Red, Yellow and Grey Box species of Box eucalypts and the well-recognised dark, deeply grooved black bark of the beautiful Ironbarks.
Enjoy bushwalking, picnics, camping, horse riding, cycling and prospecting in this fabulous natural playground.
View walking map: here
View cycling map: here