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Doongalla Walk – Bills Track

A great, energising walk through the Dandenongs.  Magic views of Melbourne (Burkes Lookout) at the top and then it’s down hill. The landscape suddenly changes from dry to temperate rain forest, including ferns.  Our target is the beautiful Doongalla Homestead Site area. Split in two and connected via a road, both have toilets and picnic facilities and are thus ideal for lunch.  It follows it’s up hill for most of the way back, retracing your steps.

Suggested add-on : Bills Track (and more)

In fact , I’ve shown an optional – and recommended – extension as  loop from the ‘lower’ Doongalla site (Stables) along Stables Tk, then up the short but steep Bills Tk (puff puff), then back along Camelia Tk to Doongalla itself.  After that it’s retrace your steps back to the car. 

There’s another steep track to get the heart rate up just a bit further on.  See Rankin Tk, just  North (above) Bills off Camelia Tk?  Go up that, then turn right onto Dalcite Tk, which brings you back to the bottom of that Zig Zag track.

Details

I’d tip about 30 mins to get down to Doongalla and about 45 to get back up. All tracks are well signed.

Some tips (and photos after the map)

  • We meet at The Basin – in the foot hills – about 11am for coffee, usually at Svaks.  We usually leave 1 car there and go up in mine.
  • The little road where you park your car doesn’t have a name. It’s one past Eyre Rd and has an obvious Power Substation. Park there.  It may be marked as the access to the Kyeema Memorial (a sad story of a 1938 plane crash)
  • I’m told the huge metal ‘bed base’ at the (un-signed) Burkes Lookout is actually a launching ramp for hang gliders. But it’s not used as the property owners below got sick of people just flying in. That’s what I was told.
  • Burkes Lookout has a clearing in front it of and excellent views of Melbourne and surrounds for miles.
  • Our usual well-done celebration is off to the cafe near the William Ricketts sanctuary about 5 mins away. Churinga Cafe & Garden  & Garden Restaurant has the best scones with their Devonshire Teas, but they are huge!

 

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Photos

These are links to my Flickr album.  Just click on them to see full sized. Burkes Lookout ramp:

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Panorama from Burkes:

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Ch 10 track. Temperate rain forest:

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First (upper) Doongalla site.  On another day we literally huddled under that umbrella-shaped tree in light rain:

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Hard to believe we are so close to suburbia:

 

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Near the lower (Doongalla Stables) area. Welcome guest on the lovely Stables Track:

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It’s a climb back up, but with views like this you hardly notice:

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Why do you ask, 3 Tracks Climbing ?

<updated: all of Glasgow Track now shown, more accurate track lengths and updated both images>

Another great walk around the Doongalla area in the Dandenongs on Sunday. Took some very nice people, including some on their first climb up Bills Track. It was warm and sunny. I think it’s fair to say we were all, umm, refreshed at the top of this Track.

It goes straight up (a part of) Mt Dandenong. No zig zags to ease the gradient.

I was telling the walkers about Glasgow Tk just up the road. Today in looking at the map, I remembered Rankin Tk between Billls and Glasgow. All 3 are No Zig Zag tracks  And what about the relative lengths?  Bit of fun with Oziexplorer and Google Earth shows me:

Track Approx Length (m)
Bills (the bit we did) 220
Rankin 410
Glasgow 870

Here’s a map (thanks to OSM), should be able to click on to engorge:

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And here’s the fun one. Google Earth showing them. With the height of the mountains exaggerated. From right to left: Bills, Rankin and Glasgow. Click for biggus pickus.

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I actually want to do Glasgow end to end soon. Car at Glasgow road, straight up, then maybe a rest Smile and down the more gentle Zig Zag and Ch 10 tracks and back to car.