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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Manna Gum Track in winter, Olinda Forest

The Manna Gum Track is deep in the Olinda Forest, 50 km east of central Melbourne.

It links Silvan Rd with Boundary Rd, and is adjacent to the Hamer Arboretum.

I explored this scenic track on Tuesday afternoon July 13, 2010, starting at the junction of Silvan Rd and Mathias Track.

The track descends steeply into the Lyrebird Creek Gully.

The name derives from the magnificent stands of Manna Gums through which the track passes.
This is a tough track in terms of gradient, with a change in altitude of about 200m, about 4 km return.

Click Photos  to see all of the pictures of my visit, which show the track, colored winter fungi, and the forest, with some additional pictures taken from the Woolrich Lookout on Chalet Rd, with good panoramas across the Yarra Valley to the Ranges and beyond.

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