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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Olinda Forest Hike along Olinda Creek

In Australia Day, January 26, 2010, I went over to the Olinda Forest, 30 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

I parked at the junction of Stonyford Rd and gated Management Rsd 18, crossed the bridge over the Olinda Creek, then followed Rd 18 alongside the Creek.

Reaching Rd 13, I descended to the water point and old bridge, then followed this road to the junction of the Olinda Creek Walking Track.

This took me through bushland, and then entered the Olinda Creek Rd and back to the car. This was about 4 km total.

See all of the Photos of my visit!

These include some historical pictures, showing a Bullock Train hauling logs in 1873, and a colorized image of the bridge on Stonyford Rd as it looked in 1920!

This Forest can be very eerie, due to the presence of the spirits of the early timber cutters, which can be heard if one listens carefully.

Logging in this forest had ceased by the late 1960s.

The Silvan Reservoir is nearby, completed in 1933. Plans to build a second Reservoir in the 1930s were abanboned due to public protest - this would have straddled the Olinda Creek, in the area I visited.

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