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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The old gold mines at Black Flat, Warrandyte State Park

On Tuesday afternoon January 19 2009 I went over to the Black Flat Reserve, in the Warrandyte State Park, about 20 km east of the Melhourne CBD.

It is an area of woodland and bush, with old mine diggings, a variety of birdlife, a picnic area and a riverside walking track. Horses are not allowed at this site. It lies at the end of Tills Drive (an earthen road) which leads off the Warrandyte-Ringwood Rd (an extension of Yarra St) about 1.3 km beyond the turnoff to Whipstick Gully.

My route took me up the hill from the Tills Rd access gate, past the site of the alluvial diggings, then on to the Atkins Rd gate, with a diversion into the scrub searching for gold. Sadly, I didn't find any nuggets!

My return was via the lower level track back to Tills Rd - total distance was about 3 km.

The diggings date back to the 1880s - there are very few artifacts remaining, except the stone foundations of an old structure and some rusted metal.

See all of the Photos of my visit!

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