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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Exploring the Mortimer Nature Trail, Bunyip State Park

The Mortimer Nature Trail is a pleasant self-guided 3 km walking circuit in the Bunyip State Park, 60 km east of Melbourne, near the town of Gembrook.

It starts at the Mortimer Picnic Ground, on the Gembrook-Tonimbuk Rd, and passes through interesting bushland, fern gullies, and forest.

Interpretative signs explain the various features along the Trail, which crosses the William Wallace and Diamond Creeks.

I explored this Trail on Saturday afternoon July 17, 2009.

Nearby, on the Tonimbuk Rd, deep in the forest, are the remains of the historical Tonimbuk Charcoal Kiln, built in the 1940s.

The historical site has a protective fence and interpretation board, completed very recently in June!

Built in the nearly 1940s, the steel kiln is of a unique construction and one of only two known Portable Kilns used on-site in the local forests. While its history is not fully known it is hoped through such public exposure more of its uses and manufacturing details may come to light.

The Kiln is listed in the Cardinia Shire Heritage Study and on the Victorian Heritage Register in the Category “Forest and Timber Industry”. The Minark Heritage Victoria database describes this kiln as “of high scientific and Historical significance". Steps towards its preservation and proper identification are in the public interest.

Details about the Kiln are at\

See the full set of Photos of my visit!

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