We met at Eltham Lower Park (the home of the Eltham Mini Railway) at around 8.00am. The nine members (and myself) carpooled and shared the trip to Olinda in two cars, a great opportunity to have a chat and for me to introduce myself to those I had not met at the previous meeting. What a nice group of people! All were very friendly, enjoyed a joke, and were very helpful, answering any questions I had about the club or the walk.
Upon arrival, we had a very short meeting at our start point at the end of Ranges Road for Peter (walk leader) to tell us a little about the walk, and some basic rules, and then we headed off at a smidge before 9am, with a nice cool start to the walk.
The scenery up in the hills around Olinda is truly spectacular! Walking trails hedged in ferns, tree ferns and stately gums... pure magic. It really takes you away from the everyday humdrum and transports you to a different world. The forest is filled with sights and sounds that we don't normally get to experience in a "comfortable" world of paved roads, concrete paths and neat and tidy buildings. We are really missing out on the good stuff in the city and suburbs, let me tell you!
|Heading bush through the ferns.|
There has been some works carried out along some of the access roads, as we noticed some new wooden posts and rails along the sides of tracks where streams ran under the road.
|Steaming along the easy open sections...|
|Don't know if I would like to leap off here....|
|...and down here!|
|Checking out the fantastic views at Burkes Lookout.|
|Yes, I did make it up the climb!|
|I had a little friend trying to share my food.|
|Memorial to those lost in the crash of the DC-2 "Kyeema"|
|Heading down Mechanics Track, a beautiful walk through ferns.|
|What a magical place to walk!|
The track to the falls is well made, with rocks placed as steps all the way down, and a hand rail to hold if you are feeling a bit unstable (or tired!). A wooden viewing platform overlooks the first section of falls, and a path (more steps) and small bridge over the creek leads to a second platform looking further up the falls from lower down the creek.
|Top part of Olinda Falls|
|Not a lot of flow due to the dry spell.|
|Looking back up the Falls from the lower platform.|
|Relaxing lawn areas...|
|Gentle downhill stroll.|
|Beautiful day for a walk!|