As I make my way out of the gorge, I can’t help but think how wonderful it would look if the creek were to flow again. The stepping stones across would have a purpose and the whole scene would look somehow more alive. But this is wishful thinking, I guess.
Before I descend from the ridge, the final view out from this walk is toward to east. A view to a hill, or group of hills called the You Yangs, my more often stamping ground and closer to my home. The view is distant and masked by trees because the field in the foreground is private land. The landscape in the far distance on the right is the Mornington Peninsula on the other side of Port Phillip. If I move the camera further to the left a faint distant view of Melbourne’s city skyline might be seen, if it were less hazy.
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.