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.
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. 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. Made it to the resting place where the tracks converge. Just a little more way to go to the picnic ground. Information plaque at the resting place. It was another 650m or so to the enigmatically-named One Tree Hill Picnic Ground. 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. 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.) A spelling mistake on a plaque! Tsk, tsk! The Prime Minister’s name is John CURTIN, not John Curtain.