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February 26, 2012

Drouin and Noojee

Back on new years long weekend, I was down Drouin way with my brother. One of the days we spent looking around the Noojee area. I think the day we looked around has been about the hottest day of the year, but the photos don’t show how hot it is!

Underneath the ferns though and along the river, it was quite pleasant and you forgot that it was fairly warm. We stopped off at the Noojee trestle bridge, which was the longest trestle bridge at the time it was built. Used by the trains, but of course trains have long since left the area. Took a wander down the old railway line into the Noojee township. If they hadn’t have told us it was 2km, we’d never have guessed it was that far.

We stopped off in the centre of Noojee to have a look at the map of the landmarks and areas of interest in Noojee. Overall though, the area isn’t signposted that well…

The Toorongo Falls on the Little Toorongo River and Ampitheatre falls on the Toorongo River are worth a look. Supposedly you can swim in the river around the area there, but seeing as it’s nearly small enouogh to be a stream, and flows through a forest, with rocks around it, I’m not sure exactly where you could swim. As we were leaving a carload of young kids pulled up, jumped out with all their swimming gear on and were ready to head off running up the track. Should have seen their faces when we said there’s not really any place you can swim… I think they were going to try and clamber over the rocks, and sit in the river, but that’s about all they’d be doing around the falls area.

After the falls we tried to find the Ada tree. This tree is supposed to be one of Victoria’s largest trees at 76 metres tall and a 15m circumfrence. Unfortunately for us, we never made it there. We took Turkey Spur Road, which according to the map at the river was meant to take us to the Ada Tree, but we were nearly at the end of the road when we came across a tree across the road. Not a huge one, but big enough to stop us and too big to move. So nothing else we could do but abandon the journey and go home. Driving through the hill areas though, we were both of the agreement that there’s no way we’d like to be caught in an area like this in a bushfire. You can see how people die in those areas, the roads twist and turn, they take the long way, the fire would take the short way, not to mention the potential for fallen logs over the road.

By the way – if you’re looking for a good restaurant in the area, the Thai Restaurant in Warragul is great!

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