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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

La Trobe River Rainforest Hike, Big River Basin Rd section

The La Trobe River Rainforest is a beautiful area within the Yarra State Forest, 80 km east of Melbourne, near the Powelltown-Noojee Rd.

Up to the 1940s, it was a logging region, with many timber tramways used for transporting the logs to the mills.

Sadly, the forest was devastated in the terrible bushfires of 1939 and 1983, and few artifacts remain.

The forest we now enjoy is mainly regrowth.

Many of the former tramways have been converted into walking tracks - the 35 km "Walk into History" links Powelltown with Big Pat's Creek.

I hiked a 4 km (return) section of the "Walk into History" track on April 1, 2008, as part of my objective of completing the entire track - I have now done about 17 km of it! I have now completed the route from Powelltown to the High Lead Car Park.

This Section, along a former tramway route, was westerly from the the Big River Basin Rd, adjacent to the La Trobe River.

Unfortunately, the track has become overgrown in parts, and care is needed, with deep holes and rotting logs.

Leeches are also a problem, and snakes appear during warmer weather.

See my Photos of this expedition!

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