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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Exploring the former Potato Farm, Olinda Forest

On August 25, 2008, I went out to the Olinda Forest, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 30 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

I ventured along the gated and seldom used Management Road 19, which passes through the former potato farm, a property which was acquired by Parks Victora several years ago.

The track crosses the Olinda Creek - the creek was diverted in the early days to support the activities of the farm - the old excavations are clearly visible. The creek reaches a small dam not far away.

The old homestead is now derelict, and plantings on the site have gone wild. Pine trees have grown to about 30 m tall, and yellow acacias are mixed in with tree ferns.

There are interesting views from the high point at the top of the site across the Olinda Valley.

My journey was about 2 km return.

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1 comment:

  1. Looks like a lovely place to walk.