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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Shiprock Falls and Monk's Track. Kirth Kiln Park

The Shiprock Falls Reserve is in the northern section of the Kurth Kiln Regional Park, 65 km east of Melbourne, and 7 km from the town of Gembrook.

The McCrae Creek flows through the Reserve, and the falls cascade down from rock cliffs past huge granite boulders.

The Falls are reached by a foot-track, starting at the Falls car-park, with good views from a recently constructed viewing platform.

I visited the Reserve on September 16, 2008. I had last been there 12 months ago, and new signs have been installed. The adjacent forest has now been fenced off, to allow for revegitation.

Nearby, is the interesting Fireline Track, which links Beenak Rd with Monkhouse Track. I explored this 4 km (return) old loggging route, which descends steeply from Beenak Rd to two large dams, almost hidden in the forest! These are for fire management purposes. This track is muddy and care is needed.

Early spring wildflowers were in bloom.

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