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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mt Buffalo, Gorge Heritage Walk in winter




On Sunday August 8, 2010, with mate Mick, I visited the Mt Buffalo National Park, 350 km NE of Melbourne.

Starting near the Chalet car-park, we explored the 4 km Gorge Heritage Circuit Walk.

Over a hundred years ago the daughter of local pioneer James Manfield gained a reputation as 'Guide Alice'. She delighted the first tourists to the remote and rugged plateau with her love and knowledge of the spectacular landscapes around the Gorge, as well as her preference for more practical home-made trouser suits.

The Walk revisits the scenic highlights of those early tours, with interpretive signs along the trail describing the area’s history, features, and natural beauty through the eyes of Guide Alice.

Winding through woodlands of tall Alpine Ash and twisted snow gums, the trail passes rushing waterfalls and distinctive granite tors on its way to the highest vertical cliffs in Australia. Lookouts along the way offer breathtaking views of the sheer rock walls, with the Crystal Brook Falls plunging nearly 300 metres from the rim of the gorge, and the fertile Buckland Valley far below.

Snow covered most of the Track.

This is one Walk which is certainly recommended!

See all of the Photos of our visit!

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