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.
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.
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.