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Little Peninsula and Big Peninsula Tunnels

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by Janice Heath (subscribe)
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Published June 11th 2015
It's all about the gold
About 14 km East of Warburton on the Woods Point Road, near McMahons Creek are the Little Peninsula and Big Peninsula Tunnels. As with so much of our history, the tunnels came into being because of the Gold Rush when the Yarra River was diverted to make it easier for gold miners to search for gold.

Little Peninsula Tunnel Picnic Ground

The Little Peninsula Tunnel can be accessed via an upper or a lower carpark. If you're not keen on stairs then taking the lower carpark is a good option plus it has a grassy picnic area and good access to the river.

Little Peninsula Tunnel from the lower carpark

The Big Peninsula tunnel is further down Woods Point Road towards McMahons Creek. It is signposted but doesn't appear to have the same amount of carparking area as the Little Peninsula Tunnel. Whichever side of the tunnel you want to visit in this case involves stairs. The left hand side has a nice grassy picnic area and what looks like a very inviting place to swim in the Summer.

Big Peninsula Tunnel downstream

The upstream side of the Big Peninsula Tunnel is near the beginning of the Goldfields Walking Trail which is closed for maintenance at the time of writing.

Step across the Yarra

Upstream side of the Big Peninsula Tunnel

Aside from the natural beauty of the area, the tunnels are a something of a marvel and a credit to those early miners for their skill in engineering using what we would consider to be very basic tools and equipment.

The tunnels are an interesting little piece of history plus they offer a couple of good options for a picnic spot that's a little out-of-the-way.
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Why? Scenic beauty plus a little bit of history
When: Whenever you wish
Where: Woods Point Road, McMahons Creek
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Hi Janice, Do you know if the "Upper Yarra Goldfields Walk" is open to the public ?
by marti (score: 0|2) 1842 days ago
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