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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Hike near Sylvan Vale, Olinda Forest

On July 25 2008 I hiked 2 km along an interesting unsigned and unmarked track in the Olinda Forest, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 35 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

This circuit started at the junction of Olinda Creek Rd and Road 13, westerly at first, then to the Olinda Creek, easterly alongside the Creek, then along Road 13 back to the start, near the large "Sylvan Vale" bulb farm.

Colorful winter wildflowers were in bloom along the track, which passes through a magnificient stand of very old eucalypts adjacent to the creek.

The Olinda Creek runs along the southern perimeter of the farm, managed commercially as "Tonkin's Bulbs". This farm, started in 1945, was not absorbed into the NP when the Olinda Section was added in 1997. It is the only remaining farm in this section of the NP, and occupies a very large cleared area, having survived the big bushfires of the 1950s and 1960s. It's surrounded on all sides by the National Park.

See the Photos of my trip.

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