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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Exploring the Yarra Flats Park - East Ivanhoe

These pix were taken on October 9, 2012, in the Yarra Flats Park, Ivanhoe East, 15 km east of central Melbourne.

In 1929 it was recognized that rapid urban development in Melbourne after the 1880s had resulted in a lack of parklands to meet community needs. Finally in 1971 the state government announced the 1430ha Yarra Valley Park as a vital wildlife corridor and natural recreational space for Melburnians.

This included the Yarra Flats area, which was a popular site for Aboriginal gatherings of the Wurundjeri people up until the 1950’s. From the 1830s the land was claimed by the state and sold as prime agricultural land. The fertile soils provided excellent conditions for growing wheat and barley.

My visit was a 5 km exploration of the Main Yarra Trail, and smaller trails, starting from the main car park off The Boulevard.

Click here to see all of the Photos of my visit!

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