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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Manna Gum Walk in Winter, Olinda Forest

On July 15, 2008, I went out to the Olinda Forest, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 35 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

My 3 km walking circuit started at the junction of Silvan Rd and the gated Mathias Rd, following the pleasant Manna Gum Track on the perimeter of the Arboretum.

The track winds its way steeply down the Lyrebird Creek Gully, passing through a forest of exquisite mature Manna Gums.

The Track was formerly a logging route used by the early timbercutters, up to the 1940s. It is now a fire protection road, and walkers are permitted on it.

Many of the thousands of trees in the Arboretum are sleeping at this time of year, having lost their leaves at the start of winter. Never fear, new growth will appear in a few weeks, heralding spring!

The Photo Album shows the environment along the Track, and I have included some images taken from the nearby Woolrich Lookout, across the Upper Yarra Valley towards the Yarra Ranges.

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