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Sunday, August 03, 2008

The VW Track, Olinda Forest

The strangely named VW Track is in the Olinda Forest, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 35 km east of the Melbourne CBD. It runs between the Olinda Creek Rd and Barges Rd.

The section from Barges Rd was formerly a fire management track, but has been closed to Park Management vehicles for rehabilitation. It is now only used by walkers, and is not maintained. There are no signs.

The section from Olinda Creek Rd is very steep and rocky - the remainder runs along a ridge to the junction with Barges Rd.

There is an increase in altitude from 317 m to 483 m.

It passes through regrowth forest, after the bushfires of 1968. The area was heavily logged from the 1850s until the 1950s. Many of the tracks were once logging access routes, used by bullock teams in the 1860s.

There are interesting rock formations along the track, and limited views to the west and east from the ridge.

The nearest public car access is at the junction of Falls Rd and gated Bartlett Rd. Go through the gate past the NP sign, walk down Bartlett Rd, past the junction with Rifle Range Gully Track, then into Barges Tk, reaching the unsigned turnoff to VW Track. Follow the track to Olinda Creek Rd and return.

The total walk is about 4 km, which I did on August 2, 2008.

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