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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Koornong Bushland Hike, Warrandyte State Park

The Koonong Section of the Warrandyte State Park is a 10 ha area of preserved bushland, adjacent to the Yarra River, in a former logging region, about 25 km east of the Melbourne CBD.

A special free school operated in the area between 1939 and 1948, and the land was originally owned by the Frencham Family.

I visited Koorong on Tuesday afternoon October 4, 2011, for a 4 km hike.

My walk started at a gated fire management track off a small car park at Koornong Crescent - there is a swimming area here and a canoe launching beach.

I followed the fire track along the cliff top, overlooking the gorge, until it made a sharp left hand turn. At this point, an unsigned foot-track was followed for about 100 m to a view point overlooking the river, at the confluence of the Pigeon Bank Creek.

Directly opposite is Blue Tongue Point - the Yarra here is known as Blue Tongue Bend, as it makes a big sweeping turn.

There were excellent views of the Yarra from the cliff top - on the opposite bank could be seen the main walking track leading to Blue Tongue Point, which starts at the Jumping Creek Reserve.

See all of the Photos of my visit!

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