El Dorado township fringes Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park which contains the highest number of mammal, bird and reptile species recorded at any Box-Ironbark site.
Over 200 bird species have been recorded in the Park, including threatened woodland species such as the Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Turquoise Parrot and Square-Tailed Kite.
Located between Beechworth and the low hills surrounding Chiltern, this park includes the striking Mt Pilot Range and Woolshed Falls and protects box-ironbark forest that once covered much of north-east Victoria.
Short or day-long walks can be made on vehicle tracks through open forest and a 25 kilometre historic drive is marked from Chiltern through the forest and goldfields.
The Park predominantly features open eucalyptus forests of Red Stringybark, Blakely’s Red Gum, Grey Box and Mugga Ironbark.
Prolific spring wildflowers include wattles, orchids, lilies, bush peas and many other native species. Eastern Grey Kangaroos can be seen grazing during late afternoon and Black Swamp Wallabies are often observed darting out from rocky outcrops.