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Friday, April 11, 2008

Exploring Starling's Gap

Starling's Gap is located high up in the Yarra State Forest, about 80 km east of Melbourne, betweeen the towns of Powelltown and Warburton.

In the early 1900s, several sawmills operated near the Gap, on the Ada River. The mills closed in the late 1940s.

The steam-powed winches were used to haul the logs from the gullies along tramways, or overhead by flying "leads".

A few relics remain, such as rusting boilers, winches and cables, which may be seen near the Gap.

Many earlier relics, such as timber trestle bridges, were destroyed by the bushfires of 1939 and 1983.

The Gap has a nice picnic ground and camping area, and the 38 km "Walk into History" trail passes through it. Part of this Trail is known as the Upper Yarra Walking Track.

I visited Starling's Gap on April 8 2008, and hikled a 4 km return section of the Upper Yarra Walking Track to the site of the Ada Sawmill.

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