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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Gold Heritage Trail, Warrandyte State Park

The Gold Heritage Trail is a 3 km loop track in the Warrandyte State Park, 20 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

It starts at Wildcat Gully Track, just off the Gold Memorial car park, on Gold Memorial Rd.
After crossing a boardwalk, it winds its way up to the summit of historical Fourth Hill, passing many old mine shafts and diggings.

Photographic interpretative signs along the way describe aspects of the Warrandyte gold mining era of the 1850s.

I explored this signed Trail on May 7, 2009, but, sadly, I couldn't find any nuggets!

There are views across the Park from the summit, but somewhat obscured by tall regrowth.

In 1961, a Water Trust Reservoir and Fire Tower were built at the summit, which had been cleared for mining - the area has been burnt by many bushfires.

There is little trace remaining of the reservoir or tower, except some old machinery and a steel trapdoor set into the ground.

At the summit, there is a notice and photographs, congratulating walkers on reaching the top.

Parts of the Trail are steep and rocky, and care is needed.

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