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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stane Brae Hike, Warrandyte State Park

Stane Brae is a section of the Warrandyte State Park, 25 km east of Melbourne.

It was originally a large grazing and farming property, prior to its purchase by the Victorian Government for incorporation into the Park. River frontages were also acquired.

The stables and outbuildings of the former homestead have been converted into a rest and picnic area, with basic free overnight accommodation facilities offered for walkers, Parks Victoria personnel, and canoeists.

Some of the original plantings remain, and extensive revegetation activities are continuing.

There are excellent views of the surrounding hills, the adjacent Yarra River, with rapids and a small beach, suitable for swimming, canoe launching/landing.

Directly opposite the cano landing is Kangaroo Ground.

Access is by canoe or on foot - the latter is from Jumping Creek carpark, off Jumping Creek Rd, then along gated Freeland Rd and fire access tracks, then down to the stables and river.

The walk is about 4 km return.

Large mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos inhabit Stane Brae, many of which were seen on my visit on Tuesday afternoon May 19, 2009. The large males should not be approached, as they can be very aggressive.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:25 PM

    Hello Bob, what a wonderful place to visit here with plenty to see with all those kangas and then there is the Yarra! Thanks for sharing and sorry to hear about worldisround! Best regards! Michael Stevenson