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Monday, January 21, 2013

Maroondah Aqueduct - Echo Tuinnel

These pictures were taken on January 20, 2013, in the Healesville district, 65 km east of Melbourne.

They show the scenery and environment in the Maroondah Reservoir catchment area, on a 3 km hike along Management Road 17, starting at the Donnelley's Weir Rd, and continuing towards Mt Monda, adjacent to Sawpit Creek.

My hike included an exploration of the Echo Tunnel area, and inspections of the Maroondah Aqueduct, the historical Sawpit Creek Weir, and the site of the former picnic ground.

The Aqueduct was built in 1891 to carry water from the Watt's River Weir to Preston, and this section is still in use by Melbourne Water.

It is fed from the Outlet Tower at the Maroondah Reservoir through the Echo Tunnel.

The black/white photo is dated to 1940, and shows the Tunnel Entrance. The "bat flaps" were added in later years.

See all of the Photos of my visit!

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