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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lookout Rocks, Olinda

On Wednesday afternoon January 27 2010 I went over to the Olinda Section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, about 30 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

I parked at the entrance to gated Mathias Rd, off Falls Rd.

Reaching Golf Course Track, I followed this management track to the Lookout Rocks.

I returned via Golf Course Track and Cornus Track, then back on to Mathias Rd, a total distance of about 4 km.

The route followed the perimeter of the Rhododendrum Gardens, then past the Olinda Golf Course, with superb views easterly to the Yarra Ranges.

There is a change in altitude from 472 m to 513 m.

This is a lyrebird habitat, and I was fortunate in seeing one these very shy creatures crossing Mathias Rd, near the creek, then disappearing into the bush.

Lookout Rocks is a well-known destination, with visitors enjoying it since the early 1900s. In those years, there were nice views across the Yarra Valley, now obscured by tall timber.

I have included two historical images of people at the Rocks, taken in the year 1910.

See all of the Photos of my visit!

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