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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Longridge Park - Warrandyte

Longridge Park is a very large bushland area 25 km NE of Melbourne, on the Yarra River, in Warrandyte. It includes the Longridge Camp.

The site was taken over by the former Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works in 1977 from the Cameron family. It was utilised for grazing beef cattle. The Cameron family may have named the property after the long ridge running down to the picturesque campsite beside the Yarra River.

Until 1993, the property continued to be used for cattle grazing, rotating stock from the Werribee Treatment Complex. However, since conservation works (including treeplanting) around Longridge Park have increased, the cattle have been removed. The site is now owned and managed by Parks Victoria.

In 1994, Longridge Camp opened to the public as an overnight camping site and is not accessible to casual visitors - permits are required for entry.

I explored the Park surroundings and Ridge Tracks on April 2, 2007, but the gated Camp area was locked.

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