Trekky Tuesday: Kokoda Memorial Track, Dandenong Ranges National Park

One of my Facebook friends shared this on her wall: 21 Melbourne Walks That Will Take Your Breath Away. It looked good, so I put it on my Pinterest for future reference.

Well, it’s school holidays (Term 2 break) now, and I thought going on the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk would be a fun thing to try. My legs and thighs may be complaining tomorrow, but that’s another story! The Memorial Walk is located in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, about half an hour from home. It is winter now, but today’s weather was pretty good. Not too cold, and more importantly, not wet.   Kokoda Track Memorial Walk

June 2015 033   We went UP the 1000 steps/Kokoda Track Memorial Walk and came DOWN the Lyrebird Track. The Kokoda Track is narrow (only about three-person wide in some places) and there are handrails along part of the way. The Lyrebird Track is wider and straighter. 1000 steps Kokoda Trail Memorial Walk The view on the Kokoda Track. Some places did not have handrails. I am a middle-aged woman who has never been very good with physical activity, so I did find the climb somewhat strenuous. June 2015 008 Made it to the resting place where the tracks converge. Just a little more way to go to the picnic ground. June 2015 017Information plaque at the resting place. It was another 650m or so to the enigmatically-named One Tree Hill Picnic Ground. June 2015 022 One Tree Hill Picnic Ground. Yes, that is the name!

Now a note about elevation. Australia is a rather low country. The tallest mountain is Mount Kosciuszko  at a modest 2,228m. One Tree Hill Picnic Ground is — ahem — 513m above sea level. June 2015 032 The view of the Lyrebird Track. Wider and straighter than the Kokoda Track. We came down this track. (I turned around to take this photo.)June 2015 021 A spelling mistake on a plaque! Tsk, tsk! The Prime Minister’s name is John CURTIN, not John Curtain. June 2015 034   June 2015 035

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Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015, in Family, Fun, Life and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It’s kind of funny seeing winter weather right now. (108 F here today!) That looks like a delightful hike.

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  2. fiddlrts, I’ve lived here over 20 years and I still have to sometimes stop and think about what season we’re in, or what season we’re moving into. “Now, are the days generally getting warmer or cooler?”

    Hope you stay cool. I like 20C or so. Anything above 25C is too warm for me. We can get >40C days, too, in summer. Not fun!

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