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Friday, July 31, 2009

Gold Heritage Walk - Warrandyte State Park





The Gold Heritage Walk is in the Warrandyte State park, 20 km east of the Melbourne CBD. The signed 3 km track passes many relics of early goldmining in the area, dating back to the 1850s, and winds its way around Fourth Hill.

It can be accessed from various locations -it is steep and rocky in parts and care is needed.

My exploration started at Wildcat Gully Track, at the Gold Memorial Rd picnic area. I ascended the steps, passing the remains of a Miner's Hut of the 1950s, Johnson's Mine, Monument Mine (the last of the working mines - closed in the 1960s), Upper Monument Mine, the old open mines worked by the Chinese, Fourth Hill Summit, then along Betton Track, and back on a short-cut track to the main track.

Johnson's Track is passed near the Summit - this leads to the top of Johnson's Mine, through scrub. Unfortunately, no gold was ever found in this mine!

Nearby is the tunnel into Geraghty's Mine (year 1859), which may be inspected - this is on the eastern sector of the Heritage Walk.


Full details of the Walk, with a map, may be downloaded from

http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/resources05/05_2212.pdf

See the full set of Photos of my visit!

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