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Friday, August 29, 2008

Sunday Creek - Mt Disappointment State Forest


On August 28, 2008, I visited the Mt Disappointment State Forest, 60 km north of Melbourne.

I travelled up the Hume Freeway, past Heathcote Junction, then along Clonbinane Rd.

My base was the Anderson Garden Picnic Ground, located on Sunday Creek, at the junction of Clonbinane and Boundary Rds.

From there, I climbed the steep hill up Boundary Rd to the junction with quaintly named Harry's Nose West Rd, where there was a magnificent panorama to the west across the Sunday Creek Valley.

The conical peak of Mt Piper was visible on the horizon - I had climbed this volcano some months ago!

I then returned to the Picnic Ground, and explored the Sunday Creek Walking Track. This follows the Creek gully to the Sunday Creek Reservoir, through bushland, heavily logged until 1939.

There was a side track, down steep steps, to an interesting stone weir on the Creek.

Unfortunately, I didn't have time to visit the reservoir.

Goldmining began in 1870 in the Clonbinane district, and sawmilling from 1880 when the gold ran out.

My total walking distance was about 4 km.

Sadly, much of the bushland area near the Picnic Ground has been destroyed by uncontrolled trail-bike activity.

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