Sit and Enjoy

I think this might be the only seat on this walk. Mind you it is at a great lookout to sit and enjoy the view over the Brisbane Ranges.

Sit and Enjoy (2016)
Sit and Enjoy (2016)

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Sit and Enjoy

All Before Me

The next lookout is more substantial, via a short detour off the main path, and named. Nelson’s Lookout shows the extent of the Brisbane Ranges, all before me. It was quite windy this day so I held back a couple of paces from the edge. In the distance is the the now disused Lower Stony Creek Reservoir, that I have previously visited and also signs of another pathway through the ranges.

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All Before Me (2016)
All Before Me (2016)

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All Before Me

Past Around

The last thing I expected to see when I reached the ridge above Anakie Gorge was a roundabout. The road, as I followed it along, appears abandoned now, but it would have been interesting to have driven up here. There is substantial evidence of bushfire so maybe that was the reason for closure. The road is on private land and there are recent tyre tracks. I can find no reference to it on maps. This shot was taken from behind a fence. Love a mystery.

Past Around (2016)
Past Around (2016)

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Past Around

Earth Shift

The Brisbane Ranges, of which Anakie Gorge is a small part, were formed about 1 million years ago as the result of this earth shift, now called the Rawsley Fault. East of the fault the land sank; to the west it rose. The shift is about 350 metres and is the cause of the rugged landscape and deep gorges with creeks running through them.  Parks Victoria have kindly marked the fault-line as I reached near the ridge.

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Earth Shift (2016)
Earth Shift (2016)

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Earth Shift

Grass or Tree

On the way up to the ridge above Anakie Gorge, the number of Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea) increased, these slow growing ‘trees’ are often stimulated into flowering after bushfire, they have a distinctive spear like flower. They remained my companions on much of the first half of the walk.

Grass or Tree (2016)
Grass or Tree (2016)

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Grass or Tree

Uphill Start

I am doing the Ted Errey Nature Circuit in Anakie Gorge, Victoria Australia in reverse to the Parks Victoria guide. So when it says “The walk drops quickly” it actually means the walk climbs up the side of the gorge. It was a rock scramble in places, loose underfoot and fairly dramatic. This climb continues until I reach the top of the gorge, what await me is panoramic views.

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Uphill Start (2016)
Uphill Start (2016)

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Uphill Start