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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Graceburn Weir revisited - Healesville

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.

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.

Much of the forest surrounding the Weir and access track was destroyed in the February 2009 fires, and there has been spectacular regrowth since. However, the blackened stumps and trunks which remain are a grim reminder of the disaster.

I visited the Weir on March 11, 2012, an annual trip!

A picnic area and facilities were once located near the Weir - sections of this remained until 2007, but have now been removed. Early photos show visitors standing on the Weir infrastructure, but such access is no longer permitted.

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

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