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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Clifford Park Hill Track, Warrandyte State Park

On Wednesday June 17 2009 I went over to the Warrandyte State Park, 25 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

My visit was an exploration of the Clfford Park Hill Track, 4 km return, which is relatively unknown, linking Witton's Reserve with Scout's Track, on the edge of the Clifford Park Scout Activity Centre.

I started at the Witton's Reserve end, next to the canoe landing area, then followed the unsigned rough track up Clifford Park Hill, then down to Scout's Track on the Yarra, my turnaround point. Parts are quite steep, rocky and rutted.

This Track is the "missing link", not shown in Melways or Parks Victoria track notes, and is a piece of the "track puzzle" which enables walkers to travel all the way from the Lower Homestead Rd canoe launching ramp, around Mt Lofty, and then on to Witton's Reserve, through to Yarra Brae.

The track is in fact shown in the Warrandyte State Park Management Plan, but is un-named.

The name I have given it, Clifford Park Hill Track, is purely for my own convenience and identification!

It rises steeply from 69 m at Witton's Reserve, to the highest point at 98 m, on the top of the vertical cliff face above the river.

The track goes through bushland and scrub, and is occasionally illegally used by trail bikers.

There are interesting views from the high point across the Park and towards the Yarra Ranges.

See the full set of
Photos of my visit.

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