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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Mine Shaft Reserve - Macclesfield

Mine Shaft Reserve is a seldom visited protected forest near the small settlement of Macclesfield, 53 km east of Melbourne.

It is designated as a PCRZ (Public Conservation and Resource Zone).

Gold was discovered here in 1859, as it was in nearby Cockatoo and Emerald, but mining activity ceased by 1859.

The district was originally covered in dense forest, most of which was logged in the late 1800s and cleared for farming.

This Reserve is regenerated forest, with many old stumps and logs left by the early timber cutters.

There are a few shafts and tailings visible in the Reserve, but most are now overgrown and little evidence of mining activity remains.

There are splendid views from Mine Shaft Rd and Macclesfield Rd to the Yarra Ranges.

I visited the Reserve on July 31, 2007, exploring the bush tracks there.

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