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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Exploring Sweeney's Flats - Eltham South



Sweeneys Flats is a relatively large preserved woodland park, on the north bank of the Yarra River, Eltham, about 30 km NE of Melbourne.

It is reached from Mt Pleasant Rd (Eltham), then into Sweeney's Lane. A car park is at the end of this road.

Members of the Wurundjeri tribe of Aboriginals originally inhabited the area. The area remains significant to descendants of the Wurundjeri. During the 1840s, the land around Sweeneys Flats was purchased by Thomas Sweeney, a former convict who established an extensive property built by hard work and initiative. The Hawthorn hedge that remains is still a small part of what was once a system of many hedgerows separating the paddocks of the property from one another.

Directly opposite, on the south bank of the river, is the Tikalara Park, Candlebark Park, and Main Yarra Trail.

The pictures were taken on December 22, 2008, showing the views, river scenes, and fauna along the interesting 4 km (return) walking trail. A nice Blue Tongued Lizard was enjoying a suntan on the track!

The river has several sections and exposed rock formations which are popular for swimming, paddling, and fishing.

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