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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Doongalla Homestead in Spring

The Doongalla Homestead site is in the Doongalla Section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, 35 km east of the Melhourne CBD.

The site is now a beautiful picnic ground - the homestead was built in 1915 but was burnt down in the bushfires of 1932.

Only the servant's quarters remain, now the Ranger's residence.

Artifacts which have survived include the base of a brick fireplace, and the stone entrance steps.

See the photo of the homestead as it looked immediately after the 1932 fires, and compare it to the 2007 images!

Many scenic walking trails branch out from the Homestead site, some of which were originally pony trails in the 1920s.

There are spectacular colorful displays of hydrangeas and other shrubs during the spring and summer, planted by the original owners.

I visited the Doongalla Homestead site on November 12, 2007, exploring 4 km of tracks which I had not walked on previous trips.

The photos of my trip are at Doongalla in Spring

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