A 14k out-and-back walk from Dee's Road car park in Millgrove to Yuonga Road car park in Warburton along O'Shannassy's Aqueduct. A beautiful and refreshing walk, especially on warm days!
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.
See link to Parks Victoria information (above) for full description and detailed map.
Please note that while this is the only section of the O'Shannassay Trail where dogs are permitted, they must be on-lead at all times to prevent contact with wildlife and cyclists.
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.
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.
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!
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!