Errinundra 5 - Goonmirk Rocks
In Victoria, Australia
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How things change over time. When I first started coming to the area, there was a series of large rocks visible from a few hundred metres in every direction.
Now you can barely find the rocks for the vegetation and there isn't a view from the top of them either. For that reason I have put the cache at the start of the track. I still think it is well worth the detour up to them.
The cache at the start of the track also gives you a return point, should you not being able to follow an increasingly overgrown foot pad.
So why have things changed so much overtime that one of the most promoted features of an area, can now barely be found. While I am not sure, I am going to suggest some hypothesis. These are back upped with a strong knowledge of the ecological processes that occur in the area.
1) On the way up the hill, you may have seen Aspen Battery track. This leads to an old gold battery, that operated up till the 1970's. Its like a steam engine for gold recovery. I cant describe the route to find this. Having this here indicates that the area has suffered vegetation disturbance.
2) High Rainfall. This area has the most rainfall in Victoria. So the soils could be leeched of the nutrients plants need for growth.
3) Frost Hollow. I have been told that especially in the areas of lots of silver wattle growth, there is a lot of frosts, making it unsuitable for Eucalypt tree growth. As our climate is warming, frosts are occurring less, so plants are now growing more in this area. I have cut up fallen silver wattles Acacia melonoxylon. Here and their growth rings are too close together to count.
4) There are some signs of the logging techniques (hand felling) that was used before the 1960's. Maybe all the Eucalypts, had been previously cut out and for a variety of reasons regrowth has been very slow.
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Last Updated: on 4/12/2017 9:35:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:35 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum