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Olinda Creek Trail

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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 May 5th 2019
A trail not too far away

This section of the Olinda Creek Trail between Hull Road and Swansea Road is only 1.5 kms in length but it packs in a lot to see in that short distance.

The trail meanders along between the creek and Swansea Road, sometimes next to the creek and at other times next to the road. Nowhere along the trail are you out of sight of the road or habitation, although there are a few spots away from the road which are quiet and allow the ambience to be enjoyed.

Starting at the Hull Road entrance, the trail is almost totally under shade for the first few hundred metres, a perfect walk on a hot day.

Trail entrance
The Hull Road entrance with bridge crossing Olinda Creek

You will pass a few hobby farms and will see alpacas, goats, cattle and sheep. It is an ideal short walk to introduce children to the delights of bushwalking without going bush. They will love seeing a variety of animals up close.

Alpaca and goat
Alpaca and goat on one of the hobby farms.

The trail is wide and level compacted gravel and would be very suitable for wheelchairs and the mobility challenged. Frequent bench seats are provided for those needing a rest.

meandering path.
The meandering path leading to a rest bench.

About halfway along the trail, in Swansea Road, there is a small off-road car park and a picnic table which would be an ideal starting point if the whole trail is not walked.

Car park
The off-road car park on Swansea Road.

Since writing for Weekend Notes I have walked many tracks, trails and paths, mostly in suburbia. Apart from cyclists, walkers, and joggers, I have met many dog walkers with their Scottish deerhound, Macedonian shepherd and many recognisable breeds.

Walking dog
Dog walkers, found on every trail.

On this walk, I met a man walking his dog and alpaca. It was difficult to determine who was taking who for a walk.

Man and beast.

The beast was introduced as Mr. James Alpaca.

Although we follow the creek and pass several large expanses of reeds, no water birds were seen. The only birds seen was a fleeting glance of a pair of crimson rosellas.

Alpaca feeding
A very effective grass mower.

An informative illustrated sign along the trail tells the story of the Olinda Creek Scarred Trees and how the Wurundjeri People used the bark from the trees to make canoes, dishes, shields and shelters.

The interpretative Wurdjeri People sign

At one point, an unusual animal noise was heard among some dense undergrowth. The sound was a 'baa, baa' coming from a very woolly sheep staring at me from its hiding place.

The hidden sheep.

If you want a short, educational and a child pleasing walk, this is the one for you.

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Where: Olinda Creek Trail. Hull and Swansea Roads, Lilydale
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