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Friday, August 07, 2009

Lyrebird Creek Gully - Olinda Forest

The Lyrebird Creek is in the Olinda Section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, 30 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

It originates high up in the rim of the old Olinda volcano, and winds its way down past the R J Forest Arboretum, passing through beautiful fern gullies, ultimately joining the Olinda Creek.

On Thursday afternoon August 6, 2009, I explored the Lyrebird Creek Gully, on a 4 km hike. I started at the junction of gated Boundary Rd and Silvan Rd, and turned into Price's Track, a former logging track, which runs next to the creek. Then, I turned into Bridge Track, which crosses the Creek at a beautiful little footbridge on its way to Eagle Nest Track.

My return was the same way.

Bridge Track is not signed, and the turn-off is easily missed! It is classified as a Grade 3 Track, Australian Walking Track Standards, requiring a moderate fitness level.

The full set of Photos include some historical images of timber cutting and bullock trains!

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