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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Olinda Creek Track, Olinda Forest

On September 24, 2008, I hiked 2 km along an interesting unsigned and unmarked track in the Olinda Forest, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 35 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

This circuit started at the junction of Olinda Creek Rd and Road 13, easterly at first, then along gated Road 13 to a junction to the left near the bridge. Then westerly along the unsigned track, adjacent to the Creek and the large "Sylvan Vale" bulb farm.

The track looped back to the starting point on the Olinda Creek Rd.

Colorful spring wildflowers were in bloom along the track, which passes through a magnificient stand of very old eucalypts adjacent to the creek.

The Olinda Creek runs along the southern perimeter of the farm, managed commercially as "Tonkin's Bulbs". This farm, started in 1945, was not absorbed into the NP when the Olinda Section was added in 1997. It is the only remaining farm in this section of the NP, and occupies a very large cleared area, having survived the big bushfires of the 1950s and 1960s. It's surrounded on all sides by the National Park.

See the Photos of the trip.

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