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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Silvertop Ridge Hike - Bunyip State Park

On Tuesday afternoon October 27, 2009, I went out to the Bunyip State Park, 60 km east of Melbourne.

The easiest access into this section of the Park from my home in Mont Albert is via Eastlink, Monash Freeway and Tynong North Rd.

From the Mortimer Picnic area, on Tynong North Rd, I undertook an 8 km (return) hike through the Black Snake Range forest, starting at gated Triangle (Link) Track.

Passing the western end of Silvertop Ridge fireline Tk, I continued along Triangle (Link) Tk, passing the southern access point to Nichol's Hut Tk, to the Tonimbuk Rd.

The eastern access to the Ferris Walking Tk is nearby, as well as the eastern end of the Silvertop Ridge fireline track.

From there, I returned the same way.

The hike, which follows the Silvertop Ridge and the Diamond Creek Gully, started at 174 m asl, and the highest point reached was 223 m, near a group of large granite boulders.

Anyone reading this, and wishing to do this hike, should note that there is confusion in the names of the tracks! The sign on the gate at the Mortimer picnic area declares the track to be "Triangle Track", different to Parks Vic which shows it as "Link Rd"!

Conversely, signs show this as "Link Rd", different to Rooftops and Parks Vic maps which declare it to be "Triangle Rd"!

Much of this hike passes through forest which was burnt out in the Bunyip Ridge fire of February 2009. The trees remain blackened, but there has been extensive regrowth.

Instead of walking on the fire management roads, a scenic alternative is to follow the signed Ferris Walking Trail, which is a lower level route, in the Diamond Creek Gully, parallel with Silvertop Ridge Track.

These tracks are fireline management roads and have been opened to walkers progressively by Parks Vic/DSE following the fires.

See all of the Photos of my visit!

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