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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Lysterfield Park - Granite and Dargon Tracks

Lysterfield Park is a very large area of beautiful bushland and hills, 40 km east of Melbourne.

The Lysterfield Lake is part of the Park.

The northern section of the Park extends to the Yarra Ranges, comprising the former colonial Dargon pastoral property, settled in the 1860s.

The Birdsland Reserve is adjacent to the Park.

An interesting feature of this section of the Park is the extensive granite rocky outcrops, from which "Granite Track" evolved.

There are magnificent views towards the Yarra Ranges and the adjacent farmlands, where cabbages are cultivated.

Relics of the old farm may be seen, including fences, stiles, and tracks.

I visited the north-western area on April 23, 2007, following a 3 km route along the Dargon and Granite Tracks.

The starting/finishing point was at Wellington Rd, with a change of elevation from 120m to 201m.

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