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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Wilhemina Falls - Toolangi State Forest

The Murrindindi Scenic Reserve is a large region of preserved forest, some 80 km north east of Melbourne, about 20 km south of the town of Yea, in the Toolangi State Forest.

The Reserve borders the Toolangi State Forest to the south, and the Murrindindi River is central.

There are several excellent walking trails in the Reserve, formed from old logging tracks.

My route from Melbourne was the Melba Highway, through Glenburn, then right to the Murrindindi Rd.

The Murrindindi Rd, primarily used by logging trucks, runs adjacent to the River for several km, along the Murrindindi River Valley, in a north south direction. The road passes through forest, joining the Sylvia Creek Rd near the Mt Tanglefoot car park, then on to Toolangi, about 25 km in all.

I visited the Reserve on September 3, 2008, undertaking the 4 km return hike to the Wilhemina Falls, starting and finishing at the Wilhemina picnic ground, just past the Suspension Bridge camping reserve.

On previous trips, I had explored most of the Murrrindindi River Walk, which runs parallel to the Murrindindi Rd, starting at the Suspension Bridge picnic ground, and ending at the Cascades. This passes the sites of several old mills, partly following the alignments of old timber tramways. There is a series of good camping grounds along Murrindindi Rd, and permits may be purchased from the Ranger Station at the Suspension Bridge picnic area.

The forest scenery is superb. The views of the nearby Ranges and the beautiful Falls are the rewards for a strenuous walk up the mountain over a steep and rocky track!

The Shire has recently installed steel hand chains on several difficult sections of the track.

Most of this area and infrastructure was destroyed by the fires of 1939. New tracks and bridges were then constructed to support the salvaging and renoval of burnt trees.

There are excellent views from Murrrindindi Rd after leaving the Melba Highway, across to Mt Despair and other ranges.

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