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Alan Marshall Walking Track

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published December 18th 2020
A walk to the top
The Alan Marshall Walking Track is only one kilometre in length but it is uphill all the way.

walking sign
At the start.

It starts at Carroopook Street, about one kilometre from the centre of the hamlet of Noorat, the birthplace of Alan Marshall, which is 5 km north of Terang in Victoria's Western District.

Mount Noorat info.
Read about where you are about to go.

There is a small car park there and the walk is definitely not for the mobility impaired or the unfit. The track is mostly straight as it ascends Mt. Noorat.

walking track.
Part of the first section, a steady incline.

At the 500 metre mark, the track looks over and down on a volcanic crater. The crater is 159 metres deep and 400 metres wide. There is a level platform at this point to view the crater.

volcanic crater
The volcanic crater.

crater viewing platform
The crater viewing platform.

The track to the summit of Mt. Noorat then turns right and this is the steepest part of the walk. If you have any mountain goat ancestry, it would be an advantage on this section.
uphill track
It's uphill to the stile.

My ascent was on a late Friday afternoon and I was fortunate in meeting a couple on this section on their way down.

distant stile
Over the stile.

They advised the view from the summit was worth the climb. It was also an advantage to include them in my photos to give a feeling of scale and the steepness of the track.

The track is on private property and much of it is fenced to keep animals in and walkers out.

walking track
View from the stile.

Nearing the summit an electric fence crosses the track which is crossed over via a stile, with the live wires insulated.

The stile over the electric fence.

The section from the crater viewing platform to the stile is the steepest and the roughest, being quite rocky and requires a very careful ascent and an even more careful descent.
climbing over stile
Climbing over the stile.

The final climb is steep but easier being on grass. When you arrive at the summit, you do feel like you are standing on top of the world, at least in your part of the world as you look out over the flat volcanic plains that surround you.

summit of Mt. Noorat
The summit at last.

View from summit
Noorat in middle ground and Terang in background.

On the lower part of the track, where the cattle can't graze, many examples of native grasses swayed in the gentle breeze.

native grass
Always interesting up close.

In this section, many trees were growing on both sides of the track.

walking track
On the way down.

Lower end of the track.

You can but admire the resilience and determination of Alan Marshall having climbed Mt. Noorat and descended into the crater.

If you like walks with a challenge this is for you with the bonus of magnificent views when the summit is reached.
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Why? It's a challenge.
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Where: Mt. Noorat, Noorat.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
The book "I can jump Puddles" written by Alan Marshall tells the story of Alan
who was partly paralysed after contracting polio as a small boy.
A very interesting story and makes his walk to the top of this mountain a fantastic effort. He was determined to keep up with his school mates even with one paralysed leg
by junea (score: 2|127) 32 days ago
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