Trees and Habitat
Trees for Koalas on the Mornington Peninsula
The most important thing is to check which gum trees are suitable for your area. Check the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s plant guides: https://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Activities/The-Briars/Shire-Briars-Nursery
Manna gums are a favourite tree of koalas. Depending on where you live on the Mornington Peninsula, you can plant either
Coastal Manna Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis subspecies pryoriana)
Manna Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis subspecies viminalis).
Coastal Manna Gums are medium sized, fast-growing, excellent shade trees which provides food and habitat for birds, sugar gliders, possums and caterpillars, as well as koalas. Manna Gums (not Coastal) grow larger and are found further inland. Both Manna gums are the preferred food tree for our koalas.
Next in line are the Swamp Gums (Eucalyptus ovata), which are small to medium-sized trees found in wet areas which also provide important food for nectar-feeding birds in winter. The trees have beautiful oval shaped leaves.
Other Eucalypts of value to our local koalas are:
Narrow-leaved Peppermint Gum (Eucalyptus radiata)
Messmate Stringybark (Eucalyptus obliqua)
Silver-leaved Stringybark (Eucalyptus cephalocarpa)
Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) (Mt Martha/Moorooduc region only)
Support our Local Nurseries
The following nurseries stock native plants from the Peninsula and have a wealth of knowledge.
- Conservation Collective Nursery – Somerville
- The Shire Nursery at The Briars – Mt Martha
- Ausplant Nursery – Arthurs Seat
- Peninsula Bushworks – Bittern
16 Hunts Road, Bittern – Phone: (03) 5983 6633
Links and Resources
Conservation Land Rate – Mornington Peninsula Shire offers a Conservation Land Rate (previously the Land Sustainability Rebate) to encourage best practice conservation land management. See if your property is eligible.
Melbourne Water’s Stream frontage management program – If you own land that fronts onto a river or creek, you may be eligible for funding to help you manage the land.
Mornington Peninsula Revegetation Plant Guides – To help you select indigenous plants that are suitable for your region, the Shire has developed a series of regional revegetation guides.
SPIFFA – Southern Peninsula Indigenous Flora & Fauna Association
Koala Preferred Eucalypts
Environmental & Noxious Weeds
Environmental weeds are a major threat to our natural environment. They can smother indigenous vegetation, reduce habitat and displace native fauna.
If you are wanting more information on how you can control environmental and noxious weeds on your property, download the Mornington Peninsula Environmental and Noxious Weeds Guide (PDF, 2MB) which includes photos, descriptions and control methods for more than 70 weeds.
Additional information can be found on the Shire’s website Environmental & Noxious Weeds.