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Black Flat Walk

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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 August 24th 2019
If it is solitude you want, then this walk is for you
The Warrandyte National Park consists of many individual named areas, all following the south side of the Yarra River from Wonga Park to Warrandyte North.

Park sign
The sign at the Tills Road entrance.


The Black Flat Park Walk is one of them. There is a small off-road car park at the entrance on Tills Drive.

Bush pathway.
The start of the walk.

It is of several hectares and is heavily vegetated with both tall gums and dense smaller undergrowth.

The main walking track is circular, mostly around the perimeter of the bush. The track is wide and compacted but some sections are very narrow and rough, definitely not wheelchair terrain. The circuit walk distance is just under two kilometres.

Bush pathway
You can go left or right.

The walk is purely for the enjoyment of walkers, as signs indicate, no dogs, no horses, no fires and no cycles. Feet are welcome.

Sign post
Verboten

There is evidence of many trees having fallen across the paths and these have been cleared from the path and the remains left to become future homes for native fauna.

Bush pathway
The start of the narrow section.

Most of the park is reasonably elevated and I would class it as an all-weather walk with only one or two sections looking like it may be damp in wet weather.

Walk sign
The walk is well signed.

I was there on a weekday and although there were two other cars in the car park I saw no one. Although some of the path borders houses and it was very quiet. Solitude, I would describe it as.

The solitude was broken at one point by the soothing sound of flowing water as the Yarra River came into view. It was fast flowing over a rapids area. Unfortunately, because of the steep bank through bush and the fact that I can't swim, I was unable to photograph the rapids.

Yarra River
The fast flowing Yarra River.

However, a little further downstream the narrow path followed the Yarra closely and allowed many river images.

Yarra River
Looking downstream.

Although I heard several birds, I didn't see any, apart from a fast fly-by by two parrots, rosella or lorikeets. They were that quick. The only floral displays seen was many wattle trees in bloom.

Wattle
The wattle stands out against the dark background.

About half way around the circuit a branch path led to the Jumping Creek Reserve.

Walk sign
The diversion to Jumping Creek.

The area was part of the Warrandyte goldfields in the 1880s and evidence of mining is still evident in places with several large depressions where the earth was dugout. Disappointedly rubbish had been dumped in some of them.

small gully
Rubbish dumped in the old diggings.


Gold sign
Historic site.

Along the western side of the park, a large rusting boiler is fenced off. It was used to generate steam to power some of the mining equipment. Some gold was discovered, but not enough to make the ventures economical.

Old boiler
The old boiler.

The only facility on the walk is one picnic table and seats near the Yarra.
Picnic table
The picnic table in a clear area.

It is not generally known that the first discovery of gold in Victoria was at Warrandyte in 1851. Apart from being a pleasant walk, the Black Flat walk has historical significance.
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Where: Black Flat Walk. Warrandyte National Park. Tills Drive, Warrandyte. Melways map: 23 J. 10
Cost: free
Your Comment
The birds can be quite elusive some days. I often here far more than I ever sight when I'm out and about.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7970) 354 days ago
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