Deep within the Watts river water catchment of the Yarra Ranges National Park are the Lower and Upper Mathinna falls. They have been closed to the public for around 100 years. The only way to see them is via old post cards like this one.
Yesterday morning in a deep and steep forest part of the bush camp I came across a wombat heading back to its burrow. It was just a bit too quick for me to get a photo. The track to the burrow on a 45 degree slope looks well used.
There are acres and acres of decades old private forest to explore at the bush camp. Email to Yarrarangesbush@hotmail.com Phone 0432840830 or contact via Facebook at Yarra ranges bush camp.
Camping in the Yarra Ranges at the bush camp there are hundreds of secluded and safe camping spots. Only a maximum of 6 campers on any night and no strangers so it is really safe. Walk the O'Shannassy aqueduct trail right next to the bush camp.
At the bush camp there are several springs. This one is a real gusher. Fill up your 1, 3, 10 or 20 litre containers of water and take it with you after camping.
November 24th, 2021 This giant blackwood tree came down at the bush camp a few days ago. I heard it fall and in 40 years at the bush camp I have not had so many trees fall in such a small period of time.
Watts River water falls just north of Mt Donna Buang. A hidden water falls that are seldom seen by anyone.
The magnificent ferns of Warburton from 100 plus years ago. I know a place in the bush a 30 minute walk from the bush camp not on any tourist brochure and not on any map and with not track to it that has hundreds of ferns like this.
1989 Armstrong Valley Reefton Spur road. I wonder what the view from this vantage point is like now after the 2009 bushfires and the fires there in the last 4 years.
After the 25 mm of rain on Australia day or 1 inch of rain in the old scale everything continues to stay green which is so unusual for late summer and the local wombats are making the most of it.
Protest outside Victorian Premier Dan Andrews's house 16 Glencairn st Mulgrave 12 noon Australia day 2021. Demanding Andrews release the completed investigation into Zhou Jiuming's illegal wombat hunting safari ranch at 707 Murrindindi rd Murrindindi Vic
In 1935 the scouts produced a detailed map of the area surrounding the bush camp and beyond for their Jamboree.
Upriver from the bush camp on a tributary of the Yarra river is the remains of the Yarra Falls shelter hut. This was on a popular walking track from Warburton to Walhalla 100 years ago.
A wombat burrow gets put back into use by a wombat at the bush camp after many years of being dormant.
Many of the properties in 1880 surrounding the bush camp were in the hundreds of acres and now 140 years later they are all much smaller after subdivision. John Kennedy's 259 acres encompassed it and much beyond. November 30th, 2020
The hundreds of fern trees look amazing this time of year. Aged from a few years to a few hundred years old. November 24th, 2020
This afternoon I discovered on the property a giant tree had fallen recently. It was an approximately 80 year old mountain ash ( Eucalyptus regnans ) I haven't measured it yet but it must have been around 50 metres in height. November 20th, 2020
Yarra river Warburton stereo pair photos taken decades ago. Use a stereo viewer to see in 3d. November 18th, 2020
Looks a bit like snow on the trees at the moment with the thousands of tea trees in flower November 18th, 2020
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