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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ascent of Fourth Hill, Warrandyte State Park




On Saturday January 23 2009 I went over to the Warrandyte State Park, 20 km from the Melbourne CBD.

My objective was to climb Fourth Hill, looking for gold nuggets in the former mining area.

Sadly, no nuggets were found!

My 4 kn hike started at the car park on the Gold Memorial Rd. From there, over the creek crossing, up Wildcat Gully Track, passing the entrance to the tunnel leading to the old Geraghty's Mine, then up to the summit of Fourth Hill.

A reservoir and fire lookout tower once existed on the Summit, long gone.

Then, along Betton Track, the Gold Heritage Trail, and descending past old mines and back to the car park.

There are some interesting views from the summit.

The trail descends steeply in places and care is needed.

Interpretative signs along the Trail describe the early gold-digging activities of the 1850s.

Strange creatures inhabit the bush near the summit - a Bunyip came out on the track!

See all of the Photos of my visit!

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