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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A hike in the Olinda Forest, site of the 1933 second Silvan Reservoir.

This 3 km hike was in the Olinda Forest, 30 km east of Melbourne town, on Monday afternoon March 29, 2010. My route was along gated Management Rd 13, starting at its junction with the Olinda Creek Rd, then along the Olinda Creek Track.

This was through forest, swinging around at a sharp turn adjacent to the Olinda Creek.

The track then followed the Creek, with the Flower Farm opposite, reaching Track 13.
This track crossed the Olinda Creek at the quaint old bridge, then uphill to a newly constructed management track, adjacent to the Flower Farm boundary.

From there, I returned along Track 13, back to the car.

In 1933, the Victorian Government had proposed to flood this section of the Olinda Forest and construct a second Silvan Reservoir, by damming the Lyrebird Creek, causing destruction of this beautiful area, farms and private properties. Fortunately, sanity prevailed, and public protests resulted in the new reservoir being abandoned, allowing continued access into this marvellous forest until the present day.

See all of the Photos of my visit, including a map of the area as it was in 1933!

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