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TRACKS, TRAILS AND COASTS NEAR MELBOURNE





Updated: 2018-04-24T19:57:46.595+11:00

 



Road 13 - Olinda Silvan Forest

2018-04-23T20:32:46.201+11:00

Management Road 13 starts on the Olinda Creek Rd and ends at the site of a former homestead, demolished several years ago. It crosses the Olinda Creek. It passes through stands of beautiful mature trees which were planted by the original owners in the 1940s.The road is maintained by Parks Victoria for fire management. A large water tank is situated next to the access gate.My visit was on April 23, 2018.[...]



Wonga Park - Yarra River Walk

2018-04-22T07:40:11.725+11:00

Photos of April 21. 2018. The walk follows the Yarra River Track, starting at the  car park at the end of Lower Homestead Rd, next to the canoe launching ramp. Nice views of the river.[...]



Banksia Park (Bulleen) - History Trail

2018-04-19T05:09:07.899+11:00

These photos were taken on April 18, 2018, showing the scenery and environment along the History Trail. A snake was observed![...]



Olinda-Silvan Forest - Eagle Nest Bushland Reserve

2018-04-10T07:58:21.254+11:00

After having been closed for several years due to the bridge over the Lyrebird Gully Creek having  been washed away,  Eagle Nest Rd has been regraded and reopened following bridge repairs.These pictures were taken on April 9, 2018, showing the scenery and environment at the Picnic Ground, and along Hermon Track.Eagle Nest Rd starts at the gate on Silvan Rd, which is locked by Parks Vic at 4pm daily. There are two tables and seats at the Picnic Area, and a barbecue facility.[...]



Olinda Forest

2018-04-08T09:32:51.256+11:00

These photos were taken on April 7, 2018. They show the scenery and environment in the Olinda Forest, starting at Olinda  Creek Rd, then along Management Road 13 to the bridge. Fuel reduction activities are represented by the blackened tree trunks, in contrast to the underlay of beautuful small ferns which have sprung up from the ashes. New signage has been placed in the forest, and Management Roads have been retitled as "Tracks" !     [...]



Fiddler Gully Track - Warrandyte State Park

2018-04-02T06:34:27.351+11:00

A short exploration of the gold mining historical area of the 1850s overlooking Anderson's Creek on April 1, 2018, on Fifth Hill.Some tailing heaps remain - the track links Webb St with Dead End Track - gold deposits are occasionlly found in the quartz rocks on the hillside.[...]



Donnelley's Weir Park - Healesville

2018-03-31T07:03:30.292+11:00

Photos of March 30, 2018. The route started at the main carpark at the end of Donnolley's Weir Rd, then past the Weir through the picnic ground, and crossed Road 12. Then along the unsigned track, overlooking the Creek, to Road 15, and returning via Donnolleys Weir Rd.  About one hour. The blackened remains of many tree ferns are grim testimony to the February 2009 fires which devastateded the area, which is within the Melbourne Water Catchment region.The National Trail starts here, on its long journey to Northern Queensland.Road 12 continues to Mt St Leonards.[...]



Westerfolds' Park - Templestowe - Southern Loop

2018-03-24T08:21:41.259+11:00

Photos of March 23, 2018, on the southern walking loop, starting at the access gate on Porter St. Nice views of the Yarra. [...]



Patterson's Bridge - Glen Waverley

2018-03-19T17:44:28.078+11:00

Photos of March 19, 2018, on an exploration starting at the Parks Victoria Office at Shepherd Rd (adjacent to Shepherd's Bush), then along the Dandenong Creek Trail. Features of interest included the Shepherd's Bush Community Garden, Patterson's Bridge, and the Dandenong Valley Parklands[...]



Wombat Bend - Templestowe Lower

2018-03-19T07:06:20.322+11:00

Photos of March 18, 2018, on a circuit exploration starting at the Suspension Bridge. Points of interest included the Nature Play Area, Ruffey Trail, the Yarra Lookouts,  the Wombat Bend Playspace, Finn's Reserve, Wombat Bend Picnic Area, Heritage Stonework, and the Platypus Observation Point (but no Platypuses were to be seen!)[...]



Koomba Park Boardwalk

2018-03-17T08:19:36.718+11:00

Photos of March 16, 2018. The Boardwalk Track links the main car park next to the Australian Jazz Museum, off Mountain Highway, with Burwood Highway. It crosses the Dandenong Creek. It's covered with wire protective mesh and is slippery when wet.[...]



Norton's Park - the old reservoir

2018-03-15T06:01:05.900+11:00

A 2 km exploration on March 1, 2018, starting at the main car  park off Nicholson's Lane. This followed the southern perimeter of the Park through the old orchard to the remains of the former reservoir adjacent to Shepherd's Bush. The reservoir is fenced off, and is within the Biolink Conservation Project area. Biolink was created in 2001 and extends through Shepherd's Bush.  The reservoir was originally part of the old orchard - it has been dry for decades and is now overgrown with bushes, weeds, blackberries, stumps and dead trees. There has been recent extensive replanting by Community groups in association with Parks Victoria along the southern edge of Biolink down to the Dandenong Creek. [...]



Jells Park East - exploration

2018-03-14T08:41:09.014+11:00

Photos of the scenery and environment on March 13, 2018, in the Conservation Area. This exploration started at the Eastern Car Park, then along the Dandenong Creek and Conservation Loop Trails.[...]



Westerfolds' Park - exploration

2018-03-12T19:05:40.056+11:00

An exploration of March 12, 2018, starting at the Porter St picnic area.[...]



Olinda Forest - Puma Country!

2018-03-12T06:52:26.561+11:00

An exploration on March 11, 2018, searching for pumas! This started at the junction of the Olinda Creek Rd and Road 13, then along George's and Barge's Tracks. No pumas seen![...]



Liverpool Rd Retarding Basin Reserve - Boronia

2018-03-11T08:32:36.734+11:00

A 2 km circuit on March 10, 2018, starting from the car park off Liverpool Rd.[...]



Sweetwater Creek Bushland Reserve - Frankston South

2018-03-08T06:10:03.796+11:00

Photos of March 7, 2018, on a 2 km exploration of the bushland area in the Sweetwater Creek Reserve, Frankston South. This started at the access gate off Sweetwater Drive and followed the Creek Track. [...]



Aura Vale Lake Park - Menzies Creek

2018-03-06T19:51:11.441+11:00

Photos taken on March  6, 2011, on a 2 km hike, starting at the main car park, off Wellington Rd. This included the Henley Picnic Area, the canoe launching ramp, and the walking track through bushland.[...]



Westertfolds' Park - Templestowe - Kangaroo Paddock

2018-03-04T19:37:08.590+11:00

A  circuit  hike in the locally-known Kangaroo Paddock in the central section of the Park, on March 4, 2018, This started at the Porter St  carpark.  [...]



Churchill NP - Lagoon Walk

2018-02-26T19:39:14.620+11:00

Photos of February 26, 2018, along the Lagoon Track, starting at the main car park off Churchill Park Drive.    [...]



Wurundjeri Wetlands - Blackburn South

2018-02-22T19:19:37.599+11:00

A circuit around the old Retardng Basin, adjacent to Fulton Rd,[...]



Kilsyth - Bungalook Conservation Reserve

2018-02-21T19:20:05.597+11:00

A circuit hike on February 21, 2018, starting at the small car park at the end of Tederran Drive. [...]



Police Paddocks Reserve - Dandenong Norfh

2018-02-21T05:50:06.108+11:00

A circuit of the Recreation Ara off Brady Rd, which was the site of the former Main Arena and Assembly Point for the Australian National Scout Jamboree held in 1964-65.   [...]



Shepherds Bush Linear Trail - Wantirna South

2018-02-20T06:42:37.498+11:00

A 2 km hike on February 19, 2018, startng at the trailhead on High Street Rd.[...]



Kelstrel Creek Reserve - Westerfolds Parf- Templestowe

2018-02-19T07:04:57.413+11:00

Photos of Fbruary 18, 2018. This Reserve is adjacnt to the Porter St car p;ark - it is next to the Kelstrel Creek and has a large covered barbecue area, picnic tables and the remans of a huge tree! An unformed walking track follows the Creek to the junction with the Main Yarra Trail.[...]