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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Exploring Bridge Track - Olinda Forest - Dandenong Ranges National Park


The Bridge

Bridge Track is a relatively unknown walking route of 1 km deep in the Olinda Forest, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 40 km east of Melbourne.

It links George's Track and Price's Track, and crosses the Lyrebird Creek, passing through the Lyrebird Creek Gully.

Thr track is named after a quaint old wooden bridge over the creek.

This forest was virtually destroyed by bushfires in 1963, and was logged until 1968.

The fauna is superb - tall forest, beautiful ferns, and colored parrots. Sadly, no lyrebirds were to be seen!

According to the Australian Standards Classification of Walking Tracks, this is "Grade 4" - Grade 1 is easiest, Grade 4 is the hardest. Parks Vic proposes to upgrade it to Grade 3. Grade 4 requires high fitness level and navigational skills, as such tracks are not signed, so that walkers may appreciate "relatively undisturbed natural environments".

I explored this interesting track on November 27, 2007.

It is not signposted at either end, but is shown on the Parks Victoria map, and Melways.

The full set of photos is at Bridge Track

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