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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Olinda Forest hike in mid-winter

The Olinda Forest, 30 km east of the Melhourne CBD, is quite beautiful in mid-winter.

Many varieties of colored Fungi appear, and if you listen carefullly you may hear the spirits of the timber cutters of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

There are many management tracks in the Forest, shared with walkers, bikes and horseriders. Most follow the alignment of the original bullock trails, which carried the logs to the rail heads.

Bushfires destroyed much of the forest in the 1960s and 1970s - what we see today is mainly regrowth.

The forest lies in the large depression created by the volcano which last erupted 200 million years ago, which created the Mt Dandenong massif.

I visited this forest on Friday afternoon July 3, 2009, for a 2 km circuit hike which started at the Olinda Creek Rd, at the junction of management track 13. This took me along gated Georges Tk, then an ascent up Barges Tk, then the descent on Bartlett Tk, emerging at the Olinda Creek Rd. From there, the footrack next to the road was followed back to the car.

See the full set of Photos of my visit!

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