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Monday, September 10, 2007

Rainbowbird Trail - Beeringa District

The 35 km Rainbow Bird Trail runs between the settlements of Scarsdale and Dereel, 150 km west of Melbourne.

Following bush tracks, sealed and unsealed roads, it links many places of historical and scenic interest, and passes through rolling hills, bushland, forests, and old gold-mining districts.

The Break O'Day and Forest Environment Network, a member of the Ballarat Environment Network, developed and manages the Trail. Funding assistance has been provided by Parks Victoria, with support from the Golden Plains Shire. It can be travelled as short step-on, step-off sectors, accessed at various points, or as longer half or full day trips. The northern section follows the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail.

We completed a 4 km (return) section of the Trail on September 8, 2007, between Donald McClean's Rd and the Moonlight Reservoir, disturbing a mob of Eastern Grey Kangaroos!

Two weeks previously, we had hiked the Jubilee Mine section - see the album elsewhere in worldisround.

The Trail is navigated by following the green markers, identified by the white Rainbow Bird bollard.

61 species of orchids and the endemic Enfield Grevillea have been recorded in the forested areas - over 100 species of birds have been identified, as well as 22 native mammal species.

After our hike, we drove to the southern terminus of the Trail at Dereel, visiting the Berringa Reservoir, the Berringa Historical Precinct, the Birthday Mines, and the Misery Creek Bridge.

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