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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Exploring the Olinda Creek Diversion

These pix were taken on March 5, 2012, in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

They show the scenery and environment in an obscure area of bushland surrounding the Olinda Creek, adjacent to the Olinda Forest, 35 km east of central Melbourne.

My 3 km hike followed Management Road 19, from the gate on the Olinda Creek Rd. This road crosses the Olinda Creek, then leads to an old orchard and derelict house, taken over by Parks Victoria many years ago.

A rudimentary foot-track leads off Management Road 19, following the creek, then over a small wooden bridge into a large paddock.

A tributory to the creek is adjacent to the paddock, which flows frm a spring high up on the Olinda Escarpment.

Next to the Creek are the ruins of an old farmouse and outbuildings - at the end of the paddock is an old house, unoccupied - by coincidence I met the owners, who were inspecting the unfenced paddock.

A rough track crosses the tributory, leading into the forest.

Decades ago, the Olinda Creek was diverted near the old farmhouse, leading to Stewart's Weir and Emergency Pumping Station on Olinda Creek Rd. The diversion runs through a brick-walled channel - the old creekline can be seen nearby.

See all of the Photos of my visit, and check out my YouTube video!

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