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Monday, June 25, 2012

O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - the tunnel section

Seat at top of the Boardwalk

Marker - 16 km to O'Shannassy Weir

Open channel converts into the tunnel

Open channel converts into the tunnel
Gate at Mt Donna Buang Rd

The O'Shannassy Aqueduct was built in the years 1911-1915, and decommissioned in 1997.

The Trail follows the former Aqueduct Maintenance Track, starting at Parrot Rd (Launching Place) and ending at the O'Shannassy Weir (East Warburton), about 31 km total.

The Aqueduct consists of open channel and underground steel pipes.

As the Trail is a step-on, step-off route, these are the sectors:

Parrot Rd to Ewart's Rd 4 km (pipe)

Ewart's Rd to Dee Rd 5.3 km

Dee Rd to Sussex St 4 km

Sussex St to Yuonga Rd 3 km

Yuonga Rd to Cement Creek 6.8 km

Cement Creek to O'Shannassy Weir 7.6 km

An interesting feature of the Trail is the recently completed Boardwalk. This is reached from the Mt Donna Buang Rd crossing, about 1 km past the end of the Yuonga Rd section. It starts at an open channel section of the Aqueduct along the Maintenance Track.

This Boardwalk passes over the pipeline, deep in the side of Mt Donna Buang.

I visited the tunnel section on June 24, 2012.

A comprehensive set of Trail Notes, and detailed maps, may be downloaded from the Parks Victoria Web site:

http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/315628/Park-note-Yarra-Ranges-NP-OShannassy-Aquaduct-Trail.pdf

The history and development of the aqueduct may be viewed at

http://www.aussieheritage.com.au/listings/vic/Warburton/OShannassyWeirAqueductandAssociatedFeatures/17556

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