Hochkins Ridge Flora Reserve, 18.6 hectares of dry sclerophyll forest, is situated at the most southern extremity of the Great Dividing Range. It is the largest and most botanically diverse flora reserve in the City of Maroondah.
It was named after the Hochkins family who sold the property to the State Government and Croydon City Council.
In 1983-84 it became a crown land reserve with the special purpose of preserving indigenous flora and fauna and a Committee of Management was appointed.
The flora includes long leaf boxes and red stringybark – messmate and peppermint eucalypts. The understorey includes 14 varieties of wattle, orchids (27 species) and various members of the lily family.
I visited this Reserve on March 15 2013, starting at the Manuela Street entrance which runs off Neuparth Road, North Croydon.
This 3 km return hike along the main track took me up to, along, and down the ridge, meeting Holloway Rd. A lower level track was also explored, yielding good views across the Yarra Valley towards the Ranges.
The main track has steep, narrow and eroded sections - there is a change in altitude of 50 metres.
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About the Author
- Bob Padula
- Mont Albert (Melbourne), Victoria, Australia
- Ths author is a Chartered Professional Engineer, providing specialized consultancy services in International Broadcasting Engineering. He is graduate of the Royal Melbourne Instiutute of Technology.and holds the rank of Member, Institution of Engineers Australia . he is a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for Services to Shortwave Radio, and was employed by the PMG's Dept/ATC/Telecom Australia from 1956 until 1997...