O'Shannassy's Aqueduct trail

Apm Track, Millgrove VIC 3799, Australia

O'Shannassy's Aqueduct trail

Apm Track, Millgrove VIC 3799, Australia

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1 h 45 m
6.98 km
Easy

*Update note below: A 14k out-and-back walk from Dee Road carpark in Millgrove to Yuonga Rd car park in Warburton along O'Shannassy's Aqueduct. A beautiful, refreshing walk, especially on warm days!

O'Shannassy's Aqueduct trail

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*Update note below: A 14k out-and-back walk from Dee Road carpark in Millgrove to Yuonga Rd car park in Warburton along O'Shannassy's Aqueduct. A beautiful, refreshing walk, especially on warm days!

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*Note: This walk is currently (March 2021) impacted by a bridge closure 1.1km east of its Dee Road start point. You may want to begin at the other end!

From Parks Victoria: O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail: Trestle Bridge Closed. No access to the trestle bridge on O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail. Aqueduct trail terminates at this point (1.1km east of Dee Rd, Millgrove). Plan your visit accordingly.

This is a beautiful, calming walk along the maintenance track for O'Shannassy's Aquaduct, a stunning, forested and shady track.

Commenced in 1911, the aquaduct provided water for the growing Melbourne, until several major failures closed it down. It is now part of the Yarra Ranges National Park.

The trail takes you on a meandering journey through stunning forest, with enticing glimpses of the Upper Yarra Valley.

Optional: You can continue this walk beyond the Yuonga Road carpark (where this map finishes) all the way to the Warburton Redwood Forest by continuing east along the O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail.

If you go on this walk and have some great photos to share and you can show us where they are on the map, please Contact us so we can add them to the walk!

See link to Parks Victoria information (above) or here for Yarra Ranges National Park, includes a link to a detailed map.

DOGS
Please note that while this is the only section of the O'Shannassy Trail where dogs are permitted, they must be on-lead at all times to prevent contact with wildlife and cyclists.

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Points of Interest

1. Dee Road Car Park

We drove to Dee Road Car Park to start the loop. The turn off is in Millgrove. Plenty of parking and picnic tables but no toilet. The view across the Upper Yarra Valley is superb.

2. Interesting pieces of engineering

The Aquaduct was built between 1911 and 1915 by predominantly Italian migrants to provide water to metropolitan Melbourne. The trail follows the maintenance track so its wide, flat and easy walking.

3. View of Mt Little Jo

Through breaks in the trees you can see the other side of the Upper Yarra Valley. As a 2 time Oxfam trail walker, the sight of Mt Little Jo brings back mixed memories - tiredness, awe, inspiration!

4. Trail head

The Yuonga Road to Milgrove section of the trail begins about here.

5. Yuonga Road Car Park

We walked on the morning of 2 Jan 2012, with 40 degrees expected in Melbourne. We chose to do 7km to Yuonga Road and back before the north wind picked up. Morning tea was mince pies and strawberries!


Features

Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Seating Available Seating Available
Art and Culture Art and Culture
Nature trail Nature trail
Park / Garden Park / Garden