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TRACKS, TRAILS AND COASTS NEAR MELBOURNE





Updated: 2018-02-18T07:19:43.154+11:00

 



Dandenong Police Paddocks Reserve

2018-02-18T07:19:43.506+11:00

A 2 km circuit hike on February 14 2018, exploring some of the area used for the 1964-65 National Australian Scout Jamboree. This started at the end of Brady Rd, then along Greenbanks Avemue,  Belair Avenue, and the Hist oricWalking, visiting the site of the former Main Arena.A  comprehensive on-line publication, with videos,  may be viewed at Jamboree     [...]



Banksia Park Circuit

2018-02-17T07:15:05.490+11:00

Photos of February 16 2018,  showing the walking tracks, Yarra, and the Tin Cows in Heide Park![...]



Burwood - Gardiners Creek Reserve

2018-02-13T18:46:12.443+11:00

A 3 km circuit on Feb 13, 2018, starting at the main carpark on Station St, then following Gardiners  Creek Trail and Gardiners Creek Pathway.[...]



Westerfolds' Park, Templestowe - the Historical Tree

2018-02-13T17:50:31.929+11:00

The TreeA 2 km exploration on February 12, 2018, starting at the Porter St carpark.    [...]



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2018-02-11T12:26:14.893+11:00



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Dandenong Creek Trail - Dandenong North

2018-02-04T18:19:03.438+11:00

Photos of February 4, 2o18,  3 km (return) hike, starting at the junction of the Trail with Brady Rd. [...]



Warburton Rail Trail - Seville Section

2018-02-04T06:51:43.408+11:00

Photos of February 3, 2018, along a 3 km (return) section of the Warburton Rail Trail, starting at the end of Station Rd, Seville.Seville was a railway station on the Warburton line. It operated from 1891 until the line closed in 1965. All that remains is a poorly preserved timber retaining wall for the station platform. The Warburton Rail Trail follows the alignment of the line, from Lilydale to Warburton.Picnic tables and seats have been placed at the western end of the old platform. The Carriage Cafe Sevlle is nearby, with pleasant indoor and outdoor seating. The centrepiece of the Carriage Café Seville is its over 100 year old carriage. Constructed in 1910, this carriage originally ran along the Albury to Seymour line, before being repainted red, white and blue to become a tourist train in S.A.The carriage ran until 2001 before sitting idle, however in 2009 it was brought back to Victoria and repainted to its original Indian Red colour, then in 2010 the Carriage Café Seville opened its doors for the first time.- Seville station shortly after closing, 24 November 1964.[...]



Shepherd's Bush - Dandenong Creek Trail

2018-02-02T06:47:13.662+11:00

Photos of February 1, 2018, along a 2 km (return) section of the Dandenong Creek Trail, Glen Waverley. Good views of th Creek from Patterson's Bridge.[...]



Wombolano Bushland Reserve - RIngwood East

2018-02-01T06:38:38.094+11:00

Wombolano Park in Ringwood East is located on Canterbury Road and occupies 7.5 ha (18 acres). My visit was on Janjuary 31, 2018.The reserve was donated to Council by Frank L Walker in 1954 for the purpose of using it as a public recreation space and is mostly covered by bushland.The Wombolano Sensory Trail starts at the Rotherwood Avenue car park and leads through a wetland area. Seasonal ponds can be viewed from several platforms along the 2 km trail. In the centre of the park is a playground with lawn area and public toilets.  [...]



Cardinia Reservoir Park - Messmate Trail

2018-01-27T08:15:12.377+11:00

Photos of January 26, 2018, on a 2 km exploration of the expansive bushland/grassland area adjacent to the western edge of  the Reservoir wall. This included the Messmate Trail, which follows the Cardinia Creek valley, the Crystal Brook Picnic ground and the Kangaroo viewing area. [...]



Pelican Lake - Wonga Park

2018-01-25T08:19:46.345+11:00

Photos of January 24, 2018, on a 2 km hike starting at the canoe launching ramp at the end of Lower Homestead  Rd. This followed the Yarra bushland reservation, adjacent to the boundary of the expansive Golf and Country Club property. The Bird Hide has fallen into neglect, due to lack of evffective maintenance, and the view from it across the Lake is now totally obstructed by widespread blackberry infestation.[...]



Mullum Mullum Trail - Donvale

2018-01-22T06:58:42.360+11:00

Photos of January 21, 2018,  on a 2 km hike, starting at the new Mullum Mullum Stadium under construction off Springvale Rd.  [...]



Lilydale Lake Wetlands - Olinda Creek Trail

2018-01-20T18:52:14.650+11:00

Photos of January 20, 2018, on a hike starting at the Akarana Rd car park off Swansea Rd. This passed through the Wetlands Conservation Zone, and along the boardwalk over the lagoon to the Bird Hide, next to the Weir.[...]



Doncaster - Ruffey Park Lake

2018-01-18T07:16:18.826+11:00

  These photos were taken on January 17, 2018, on a 2 km circuit hike starting at the main car park  off  The Boulevard  [...]



Barmah Punt

2018-01-17T09:21:15.529+11:00

We visited Barmah and the Punt on January 13, 2018.LocationThe township of Barmah sits on the banks of the Murray River, on a very picturesque river bend. Situated approximately 230km north of Melbourne, Barmah is best known as the gateway to the Barmah National Park. Barmah is the only town in Victoria which is north of the Murray River. The Punt is no longer in use and is now located on the Victorian bank.HistoricalThe punt was built in 1929 by the New South Wales Department of Main Roads in Euston (NSW) and was towed by steamer to Barmah to replace an earlier punt operated by William Maloney.The Murray River at Barmah was easily forded in dry weather and became a recognised crossing point with a ferry in operation prior to the town of Barmah being surveyed in May 1866. The crossing gave the impetus for Barmah to develop as a loading place for wool from neighbouring sheep stations and as a small boat centre.The original punt was replaced in 1870 when James Maloney, who had previously operated the Campaspe Punt, gained the licence operate the ferry at the crossing. Maloney's Punt is believed to have been able carry 40 tons and was propelled by a revolving drum on steel cables. It is believed to have had an engine house and engine added in 1922. The ferry operation remained with the Maloney family until 1929 when it was taken over by the New South Wales Department of Main Roads. The current punt operated from 1929 until 1966 when the ferry crossing became redundant with the construction of a bridge.The Punt is a timber structure consisting of a pontoon base with an attached engine house counterweighted by timber box filled with concrete. The pontoon has a high whale-back form and is constructed of thick hardwood longitudinal planks over hardwood timber joists. The pontoon structure is braced and stiffened by steel cables over high timber posts. The side rails are constructed of timber post and rail. Timber gates are located at each end of the deck and were closed to secure the ends of the punt during crossing.The punt ran along a guide cable on the upstream side and a drive cable on the downstream side. The cables were anchored to each bank. The concrete base of the drive side anchor point is still visible on the Victorian bank.The understanding of the punt is enhanced by its setting. In addition to the anchor point, both the approaches to the crossings on each bank are clearly visible and the Victorian approach remains in use as a boat ramp.SignificanceThe Barmah Punt is of historical significance As the earliest remnant example of a cable punt ferry crossing over the Murray River. Punt ferries were once the most common form of deep river crossing in the colonies. Important crossings became the location of settlements and most eventually were replaced with bridges. Two local ferry crossings remain on the Murray River between New South Wales and Victoria but both of these use punts of later construction.For its role in facilitating intercolonial trade and communication between New South Wales and Victoria.As an intact example of an early motorised timber cable punt. Early cable punts were operated by hand, with the introduction of motors only occurring in the early twentieth century. These early motorised punts maintained the form of the early hand operated punts. The Barmah Punt is of this type and illustrates both the form of punts that regularly crossed the colony's rivers in the nineteenth century and their later developments.The setting of the punt with its extant anchor point and road approach provides the context to fully appreciate to operation of such a ferry crossing. May 2017The [...]



Moama - Five Mile Regional Park

2018-01-16T14:13:54.459+11:00

These pictures were taken on January 14, 2018. They show the scenery and environment. in this multi-activity regional park, which  includes 7 km of world-class mountain family-friendly biking tracks and easy access for boating. It ls reached from the Perricoota Rd, 8 km from Echuca/Moama along the Cobb Highway.Our visit included a 2 km return hike from the car park along the edge of the Murray through the forest.Separate parking areas are provided for cars and cars with trailers. [...]



Moama - Horseshoe Lagoon Walk

2018-01-16T11:18:19.702+11:00

These photos were taken on a 1.5 km walk on January 14, 2018.Horseshoe Lagoon is Moama's Wetland and Floodplain Reserve, which is one of 7,000 wetlands along the Murray River, and is home to native birtds, animals, plants and fish. The reserve is widely used for walking, bird watching, running, bike riding, seed collecting and other low-impact activities. The Lagoon is reached from the Cobb Highway, just before the brdge (travelling south), via the road to the Riverside Caravan Park. A small carpark is located  at the start of an elevated boardwalk. where a large Info Board describes the Lagoon, its fauna, flora and ecology. The boardwalk follows a  circuit, passing the Moama Public Wharf, which also doubles as a high-dive for those with sufficient courage!The colored drawing at the foot of this post is acknowledged to the Murray Shire Council. [...]



Murray Valley NP - Gulpa Creek Forest Walk

2018-01-16T10:48:32.974+11:00

These pictures were taken on December 14, 2018. They show the scenery and environment along the Forest Walk No.1, at Mathouria (41 km north of Echuca/Moama, Cobb Highway). This 2 km walk starts at Polly's Bridge on Picnic Point Rd and meanders past the Gulpa Creek, linking with Forest Drive/Forest Walk No. 2 at a bridge.[...]



Murray Velley NP - Swift's Creek Picnic Area - Mathoura

2018-01-16T09:45:51.070+11:00

allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.blogger.com/video.g?token=AD6v5dxK2H3B7L5Yt7GZWAcOGaGh9yS8egbGFbzyF_Msu_8tz_2UJMToGF817chTU0VrFtUwaEWrPmYHdD8' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' /> These photos were taken on January 14 2017. Swift's Creek Picnic/Camping Area is on the Murray River, 10 km south-east  of the Picnic Point Caravan Park, Mathoura (41 km north of Echuca/Mlama). The access road (known as Hut Rd) is unsealed past the large Tarragon Lodge complex, and follows the Murray River. The Video (above) was taken by my friend from the passenger seat along Hut Rd, travelling north from the Picnic Area - hang on tight!The Swift's Creek Regulator is used for controlling flow into the Murray. A walking track of about 2 km, (known as River Rd) continues past the Creek to Moira Lake. Alternative access routes are along Porter's Creek Rd or Poverty Point Rd from the Cobb Highway, but these are suitable only for 4WDs and are closed off after wet weather.  [...]



Murray Valley NP - Reeds Bed Bird Observatory - Maroutha (NSW)

2018-01-16T06:37:13.016+11:00

These pictures were taken on January 14, 2018. The Observatory is 12 km east of the town of Maroutha (41 km north of Echuca/Moama on the Cobb Highway), reached from the Picnic Point Rd.The views are superb, looking across the Duck Lagoon and surrounding lakes. Colorful round two-sided pivoting info boards are located along the boardwalk, describing many of the birds which inhabit the area.  These boards have small  loudpeakers over which the sounds of the birds may be heard when the boards are rotated.  The audio may also be heard on smartphones equipped for QR bar-code scanning. [...]



Barmah National Park - Picnic Point (NSW)

2018-01-16T19:34:59.963+11:00

allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.blogger.com/video.g?token=AD6v5dwdaiGGOyPXy7izHfP5ypkF1kNHpnHGbJIbLIuZG23XXyTD-7kZOgYkpQW4VjNnQ-a6jf42o_360iU' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />These pictures were taken on January 14, 2018, showing the Murray River at the Picnic Point Recreation Area (in NSW), reached from Picnic Point Rd from the town of Mathoura (42 km north of Echucha/Moama), off the Cobb  Highway.[...]



Moama Beach (NSW)

2018-01-16T17:21:38.682+11:00

These pictures were taken on January 13, 2018. They show the Murray River, at the locality known as Moama Beach, looking across to the Echuca side. This small beach is at a car park at the end of unsealed Hunt St, next to the Echuca/Moama Bridge, off the Cobb HighwayPaddleboat passing the beach as we watched  - image from my friend[...]



Barmah National Park - Yamyabuc Discovery Trail - Dharnya

2018-01-15T20:14:04.177+11:00

This self-guided 1.5 km walk begins at the Dharnya carpark. It's reached from the Barmah NP Day Visitor centre (31 km north of Echicha/Moama, on the Cobb Highway and Barmah Rd) on the east bank of Barmah Lake, then along the Sand Ridge Track to the Dharnya Communication and Education Centre (currently closed to visitors)The walk includes evidence of Aboriginal and European occupation, the Barmah muster yards and aspects of park management, forestry operations and water regulation.Information Boards are located along the Track, displaying and describing some of the natural and cultural features of the Barmah forest.Our visit was on January 13 2018.Ouf vkisitg sxs on January 16, 2018 [...]



Barmah National Park - Barmah Lake

2018-01-15T18:31:41.058+11:00

The Barmah National Park is a national park of 25,000 hectares located in the Hume region of the Australian state of Victoria. It's adjacent to the Murray River near the town of Barmah, approximately 220 kilometres north of Melbourne. The park consists of River Red Gum forest and wetlands. The area is subject to sporadic flooding from natural and irrigation water flows. These photos were taken on January 13, 2018 at the Barmah Lake Day Visitor Centre, on the eastern edge of Barmah Lake. Very scenic, adjacent to the Camping ground. The Centre is reached by following the Cobb Highway north of Echuca/Moama for 31 km, then along Barmah Rd to the small township  of Barmah, then on an unsealed road through thde Murray River Reserve. The opposite bank of the lake is in New South Wales, with Moira Lake next to it.  [...]



Boronia - Liverpool Rd Retarding Basin

2018-01-08T05:04:29.493+11:00

A 2 km visit on January 7, 2017,  overcast and misty, starting at the car park off Liverpool Rd. This is a leash-free park for hounds, so walkers should be prepared to be licked and slobbered on!  At the base of Mt Dandenon, the Reservoir is designed to minimise flooding of properties downstream on the Olinda Creek. [...]