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Sunday, January 11, 2009

The La La Falls and Four Mile Creek Weir - Warburton

The La La Falls are in the former timber cutting region, near the town of Warburton, 65 km east of Melbourne, in the Yarra State Forest.

A 3.5 km return walking track leads up to the Falls, through the dense jungle of the Four Mile Creek Gully.

The track is reached from Park Rd (opposite the Sanitarium Factory) along Old Warburton Rd to the start of the track on Irruka Rd (about 1 km from Warburton).

This track follows the alignment of a timber tramway built in 1909, which started at Woods Point Rd at the former La La rail siding. This tramway was used to carry logs from the lower reaches of the Mt Bride logging area, which couldn't be profitably worked from the Mt Bride Mill. The Mill closed down in 1916, and the tramway then became a popular walking track for visitors to Warburton, ending at the Falls.

As at 2009, no trace remains of the tramway, apart from old logs adjacent to the alignment. The area was devastated by bushfires in 1939.

A mill existed between 1909-1911 opposite the start of the present day walking track.

A small weir was built across Four Mile Creek in the 1940s, and its remains may be seen just off the track, about 200 m from the start. It is heavily overgrown, and a rusting barbed wire fence and iron gate marks its perimeter.

The Track is very slippery after heavy rain, and care is needed. Parts of it are rocky and steep, over steps and boardwalks, and it terminates at a viewing platform at the base of the Falls.

See my Photos of this trip of January 10, 2009, which show the Falls and the scenery along the Track, and some achival photos of the Falls as they looked in the early 1900s!

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