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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gold Heritage Trail, Warrandyte State Park

The Trail
Johnson's Mine

The Trail
The Gold Heritage Trail is a 3 km circuit, in the old gold mining area of the Warrandyte State Park, 20 km east of Melbourne town.

I hiked this Trail on Wednesday afternoon May 19, 2010, starting at the small car park on Gold Memorial Rd.

This led me up a narrow foot-track, past the Monument Mines and the Johnson Mine, to the summit of Fourth Hill.

From there, the track passed the top of the Johnson Mine, adjacent to old excavations, then descended back to the car park.

These dates are significant:

Before 1939: Aboriginal people of the Wurundjeri clan lived in the area which was later to be known as Warrandyte

1839: First selection of land by white settler, James Anderson

1851: Gold discovered in Anderson Creek - first miners arrive

1874: Warrandyte's largest nugget found, over 100oz

1883: Rich returns from Victory Mine

1904: Caledonia Mine, closed 1912

1935: Gold Memorial cairn unveiled

1965: Last gold mine lease in Warrandyte ended

See all the Photos of my visit!

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