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Friday, October 19, 2007

Exploring the Bend of Islands,Victoria

Bend of Islands is a locality 30 km north-east of Melbourne, and is located on the north bank of the Yarra River near the town of Yarra Glen. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Nillumbik.

The locality was gazetted in 2000 after a petition from local residents, having previously been part of Christmas Hills and Kangaroo Ground. The name is descriptive - it is located on a bend of the Yarra River near its confluence with Watson's Creek.

The Bend of Islands incorporates the area of the former Environmental Living Zone now known as Special Use Zone (SUZ) - Environmental Living in the Nillumbik Planning Scheme.

I visited this interesting locality on October 18, 2007, exloring the Oxley Forest Reserve and the recently proclaimed Warrandyte-Kinglake Nature Conservation Reserve.

The views from nearby Kangaroo Ground across the Yarra Valley to the Ranges, and the Sugarloaf Reservoir are outstanding.

My pictures of the trip are at Bend of Islands Photos

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