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Monday, May 03, 2010

Stane Brae Homstead hike in early autumn

Yarra at Stane Brae canoe launching ramp

Approaching the Homestead site

Picnic and rest area, former stables and dairy

Kangas at Stane Brae
Stane Brae is a large section of the Warrandyte State Park, 25 km east of Melbourne.

It was originally a grazing and farming property, prior to its purchase by the Victorian Government in 1982, and was incorporation into the Park in 1987. River frontages were also acquired.

Sadly, the actual Homestead was burnt to the ground in 1983. However, the stables, dairy and outbuildings have been converted into a rest and picnic area, with basic free overnight accommodation facilities offered for walkers, Parks Victoria personnel, and canoeists.

Some of the original plantings remain, and extensive revegetation activities are continuing.

There are excellent views of the surrounding hills, the adjacent Yarra River, with rapids and a small beach, suitable for swimming, canoe launching/landing.

Access is by canoe or on foot, from Jumping Creek carpark. The land route of about 6 km return follows the Blue Tongue Bend walking track, then on to Freeland Track, a fire access track.

There are mobs of eastern Grey Kangaroos resident at Stane Brae, and they were in copious numbers during my visit on Sunday afternoon May 2, 2010!

The original access route to the Homestead was from Stane Brae Close, off Jumping Creek Rd. This route is now in private property, with gates, and walkers are not permitted to use it.

Walkers who do not wish to follow the Blue Tongue Bend track may follow gated Freeland Track direct, starting at the Jumping Creek car park.

See all of the Photos of my visit!

Click "Location" at the foot of this post for a map of the area!

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