|This is another post that will feature a lot of big trees.....although somewhat unusually they won't all be natives.|
Now I know how to get to the start of this stroll fairly well as not only have I walked up here a handful of times over the years, but we also scattered Sam’s Grandmothers ashes from the Rotunda where I’d start the walk from. So saying all that I can’t really explain why I set the Sat Nav in the ute to get me there, even more baffling is why I kept following it even when I was sure it was leading me astray? Anyway, after a scenic tour of the Dandenong Ranges I eventually arrived at the car park at Woolrich Lookout. I suppose the silver lining of the extra time it took me to get there was that the low cloud cleared almost as soon as I arrived.
|Dropping down Dam Road I was walking through a very mixed forest. |
|Early morning in the R.J.Hamer Forest Arboretum.|
|Dropping down KC Track I was back in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.|
|After a bit of freelance route finding I headed along the the wide Prices Track through more beautiful forest.|
|Manna Gum Track|
|The track markers are placed on the ground through here?|
I walked 14.7 and climbed 573 according to my GPS on this medium grade stroll. Without any notable attraction this is a typical “paint by numbers’ type of walk I think, by that I mean that there is a lot of turn right follow X metres, turn left follow Y metres, turn right…..you get the idea. Now while there isn’t any standout attraction on this walk the different forests that I walked through were enough to hold my interest today, the Mountain Ash are a particular favourite and the introduced conifers in the arboretum add a lot of interest to this walk. Talking about the trees in the arboretum I’m thinking Autumn and Spring would be the best times of the year for this section of the walk. I used and more or less followed the notes and map out of the Chapman’s Day Walks Melbourne book and they are all you really need for this stroll. Parks Vic would no doubt have some free stuff online too.
Mt Dandenong, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 2018.
Olinda Falls, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 2018.
Mt Evelyn Forest, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 2016.
|Emerging from the trees...Woolrich Lookout is on the other side of those conifers.|
|The view north towards the Yarra Ranges was sweet.|
|Another nice little stroll coming to it's end.|