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Mt. Lofty 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 August 30th 2019
Lofty in name and lofty in enjoyment
This large park is one of the many sections of the Warrandyte State Park, which are mostly on the southern border of the Yarra River.

Wattle
It's wattle season.

The 5.5 km. walk starts from the car park in Wittons Reserve, at the end of Reserve Road Wonga Park.

Track sign
The start of the walk.

Just a few metres from the start a bridge takes you across Brushy Creek, just before it joins the Yarra River. This junction has significance to the Wurundjeri People, so take the time to read the interesting information board before starting your walk.

Bridge
The bridge over Brushy Creek


Signpost
House rules.

You have the choice of walking the circuit clockwise or anti-clockwise. I suggest the clockwise option as the climb to the top of Mt. Lofty is long and steep, whereas the other option, the climb is short and steeper.

Tree bark
The walk passes some interesting trees.

The walk starts at river level and for over half of the walk follows the Yarra. The height above the river varies, giving many different views of the Yarra.

Yarra River
An elevated view of the Yarra.


Rapids
One of the many rapids in the Yarra.

The paths are very wide and solid and well maintained.

I started my walk on a cold (5 degrees) weekday and met several others also braving the cold, although I must say that halfway up the summit track I was not cold.

Couple walking
Their hands were not cold.


Group walking
It beats walking.

The silence was broken at one stage by what sounded like distant chattering. Eighteen students from a local school can almost rival the sound of several cockatoos. A very practical outing for them and they seemed very interested in their surroundings.

School group
The students taking in the Yarra.

There are many spots where you can approach the river and dip your foot in on a hot day. At other spots, the path rises to some distance above the water, giving some good Yarra views.

Yarra river.
View from Mt. Lofty.


It was at one of the lower spots a cormorant was sighted sitting on a tree branch in the river.

Cormorant
Cormorant.

During the climb to the summit a couple of cockatoos kindly perched in a long dead tree giving my camera an interrupted view.

cockatoo
Cockatoo

From the high spots, some good river views were had as were views of surrounding country.

Golf courses
Golf courses from Mt. Lofty.

I was hoping to see some kangaroos on my early morning walk and I was not disappointed. In a grassy area near the summit, a few were noticed laying in the sun some distance away. A careful approach saw one lift its head and glare at me. A slightly closer approach saw it stand up revealing a joey in its pouch. My camera went mad.

Kangaroo & Joey
Kangaroo with joey in pouch.

At frequent intervals along the track were a combination of seats, picnic tables and covered resting areas.

Shelter
One of the shelters


Picnic table
One of the picnic tables along the walk.


Table on hill.
Just the place for a high tea.

In the open area on the top slopes of Mt. Lofty many small birds were seen, flying off before coming into camera range. One friendly swallow kindly perched on the top of a dead branch for some time, allowing a close approach.

Swallow
The friendly swallow.

This is a walk that is worth travelling to. I would class it as a magnificent experience as you experience so much diversity in only an hour and a half.
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Where: Mt. Lofty Walking Track. Warrandyte State Park. Wonga Park. Starts at Melways map: 279 A. 6.
Cost: Free
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thanks for sharing your lovely photos Neil.
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