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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Graceburn Weir and Aqueduct Track

The Graceburn Weir and Aqueduct were built in 1892, and are part of Melbourn's water catchment and supply network. They are located east of Healesville, 80 km east of Melbourne.

The Weir is built across the Graceburn Creek, which starts high in Mt Juliet, to the east of the Weir.

Walkers are permitted to use the management track, 3 km return, which starts at the main gate at the Maroondah Highway and continues to the Weir.

The Government proposes to close public access to the Weir, to minimise contamination by visitors, and to set up a new Track in the area.

I visited the Weir on September 18, 2010.

See all of the Photos of my visit, which include three archival images taken in 1906, for comparison purposes. In those years, a picnic area and facilities were located near the Weir - sections of this remained until 2007, but have now been removed. The early photos show visitors standing on the Weir infrastructure, but such access is no longer permitted.

The forest in this area was ravaged by the terrible bushfires of Black Saturday, February 2009.

There has been interesting regrowth, but the blackened trees provide a grim reminder of the disaster.

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