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Monday, March 31, 2008

Myrtle Gully Walking Track, Toolangi State Forest

The Myrtle Gully Walking Track lies deep in the Toolangi State Forest, 50 km east of Melbourne, north of the town of Healesville and near to the settlement of Toolangi.

It's southern gate is the junction of Quarry Rd and Sylvia Creek Rd, adjacent to the Wirrawalla Rainforest Walk, and extends 4 km north to the Myrtle Gully car park on Sylvia Creek Rd.

The Track passes beautiful ferns and tree ferns, through Myrtle Beech and Mountain Ash forest, mainly regrowth from the 1939 fires. Other giant trees nearby are over 200 years old.

Reminders of the timber cutting era can still be seen in the giant Mountain Ash stumps alongside the track, many with axe holes where the fellers inserted their standing boards in the logging era up to the early 1900s.

There is a change in altitude from 697m to 852m, with the track following the gully around the western flank of Mt Tanglefoot, 1005 m high. This mountain can be seen from Melbourne, to the left of Mt St Leonard.

I hiked this marvellous Track on March 30, 2008.

See my Photos of this trip!

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