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Mt St Leonard in the heat

Although it got to 37 degrees today, I went for a walk with Shewey and Janet up Mt St Leonard, a mountain in the Yarra Ranges near Healesville.  Mt St Leonard is a little over 1,000 metres high, and the walk up ascends around 800 metres.  On a hot day, that’s a good work out!  I’m sure it wasn’t 37 at the top.  At the summit is a fire and communications tower, and a decent view over the Yarra Valley.

The walk starts at Donnelly’s Weir, a few kilometres from Healesville, accessed by a dusty gravel road and requires crossing a ford (which 2WDs can manage easily).  The track ascends a ridge, following a mix of fire break and 4WD track.  There are some very steep sections, which give the calf muscles a good run on the ascent.  It took around 3 hours up, and a bit less on the way down.

We came across an echidna (see video below) and some lyre birds in the forest.  There is a viewing deck next to the fire tower, although today was a bit hazy in the heat.

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Two-thirds of the way up the hill, we came across an echidna with its beak snuffling out ants or something from under a rock.  We tried to stay quiet and see if it would wander away, but it was as timid as every other echidna I’ve ever met.  An uneventful video, but here it is.

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