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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Koornong Hike, Warrandyte State Park

A relatively unknown 3 km (return) walk in an obscure section of the Warrandyte State Park is in the Koornung Bushland Reserve, 25 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

This section of the Park borders the Yarra River on its west, and is opposite Blue Tongue Bend.

The walk starts at a small car park and Park gate at the junction of Hamilton Rd and Koornung Crescent, North Warrandyte, reached from the the Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Rd via Osborne Rd.

The route follows an old logging track, now used for fire management, parallel to the river on the cliff top. It reaches another gate at the junction with unsealed Yarra River Court.

Follow a narrow access track to the right for about 100 metres, to a further junction, and continue downhill through forest to a high level viewpoint on a rock platform overlooking the Yarra at Blue Tongue Bend.

The Koornong Reserve is about 10 hectares, and is also known as "Frencham Land", named after early land-owners in the district.

My visit was on Monday afternoon, October 4, 2010.

See all of the Photos of my visit, which include some taken from the newly constructed "100 Steps Lookout", on the Warrandyte-Kangaroo Ground Rd, which offers excellent panoramas over the Yarra and the State Park. Note the nice lounge chair at the Lookout!

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