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Photo Essay Images of a Stroll Along the MacKenzie Falls Bluff Lookout Track

MacKenzie Falls in Victoria's Grampian Mountains has opportunities for landscape photography and interesting wildlife, such as Laughing Kookaburras; make it an ideal for nature and wildlife photography. There is an easy 1.9 Km (return) walk to MacKenzie Falls Bluff Lookout which has a circular section for the last one third of its length.

The highlight of this walk was not the lacklustre falls themselves but seeing and capturing images of a Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) sitting on a fence post preening itself and then swooping down to the ground when it saw some food.

At the Bluff Lookout, there is a vista of the falls, but it is not a particularly good vantage point.

Along Bluff Lookout Path, there are several examples of Kangaroo-tail or Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea australis). Some of these plants are in a healthy condition but a large number have succumbed to root rot or dieback caused by cinnamon fungus, which is a soil-borne pathogen - water mould (Phytophthora cinnamomi).

In the trees and undergrowth near the bluff lookout there are several light purple coloured wax lip orchids (Glossodia major). Other spring flowering plants that seen close to the path include widespread common species such as round leaf mint bush (Prostanthera rotundifolia), blue love creeper (Comesperma volubile), cut leaf daisy (Brachyscome multifida), prickly moses (Acacia verticillata), common billy button (Craspedia variabilis) and lichen. Hakea rostrata occurs from the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Grampians and cat's claws (Grevillea alpina) mostly in Victoria.