June 30, 2013

0709 AUSTRALIA (Victoria) - Grampians National Park (Gariwerd)

Placed at 235km west of Melbourne, Grampians National Park is a distinct section of the Western Victorian Highlands province, which in turn is part of the larger East Australian Cordillera. This sandstone mountain ranges were named Grampians after the Grampian Mountains from Scotland, but are also known by the name Gariwerd, from the local Australian Aboriginal language. They are famous for beautiful landscapes - high rocky plateaus and sheltered gullies contrast with the surrounding flat and open farmland adjoining the park. Geological processes have sculpted sweeping slopes, craggy peaks and massive sandstone cliffs. In the postcard are the Balconies (formerly known as the Jaws of Death), one of those best scenic viewing platforms often visited by tourists and nature photographers.

Due to the wide variety of rock and soil types and environmental niches, the Grampians is as an island of bushland in a largely agricultural landscape, supporting over 975 native plant species (one third of the total Victorian flora), in spring the wildflowers being a major attraction. This variety of vegetation, topography and habitats provides shelter and food for at least 230 bird species, but also for a wide range of animals, reptiles, amphibians, native fish, huntsmen spiders and butterflies. The Grampians have also an extraordinarily rich array of Aboriginal rock art sites, with motifs that include depictions of human figures, animal tracks and birds. Actually to the Jardwadjali and Djab wurrung peoples Gariwerd was central to the dreaming of the creator, Bunjil, and buledji Brambimbula, the two brothers Bram, who were responsible for the creation.

I must to say that this isn't a maxicard, but a copy of one.

Grampians National Park - Wikipedia
Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) - Australian Government, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

sender: Heather Massese (direct swap)
sent from Perth (Western Australia / Australia), on 02.10.2012
photo: Jean-Marc La Roque / AUSCAPE

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