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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Olinda Creek Walking Track in Winter

I was in the Olinda Forest on Tuesday afternoon July 14, 2009, reviewing walking track conditions and searching for Fungi.

Located in the Dandenong Ranges National Park,about 30 km east of the Melbourne CBD iy 4 km exploration started from the small car park at the junction of Olinda Creek Rd and gated Track 18, at the confluence of Stonyford and Olinda Creeks.

This took me along Track 18, beside the Olinda Creek, on to Track 13, over the old bridge, along the Olinda Creek Walking Track, on to Olinda Creek Rd and back to the car.

Up until the early 1950s, this was a timber cutting area, and has been subject to bushfire devastation on several occasions since.

A disused concrete weir over the creek is about 500 m from the car park, built in 1931 when the nearby Silvan Reservoir was commissioned. The Reservoir was built on the Stonyford Creek.

See the full set of Photos, which includes an historical image taken in 1909 of the Stonyford Creek Bridge, which may be compared with an image of the same place taken on my visit almost exactly 100 years later!

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