By Mertie, on flickr
A bridge on Madsen’s Track
Melba Gully is home to Madsen’s Track Nature Walk. At 1.5 kilometres, it’s obviously not one for the hardcore hikers, but it offers an incredible introduction to Victoria’s cool temperate rainforests.
If you’re lucky and patient enough, you might even spot a platypus near the bridge over the Johanna River. During my walk, there were quite a few other visitors, so I didn’t like my chances. Instead, I stopped for a while to admire the stunning “Anne’s Cascade”.
Melba Gully History
By the 1920’s, Mrs Jessie Fry was running “Mrs Fry’s Tearooms” at the site of what is now Melba Gully’s picnic area. She was responsible for naming the area after the famous Australian singer, Dame Nellie Melba. The tearooms were closed in 1948 when a bus limit was imposed on Otways roads.
Madsen’s Track is named after the Madsen Family, who bought the property in 1958 and later donated it to the Victorian Conservation Trust. In 2003 it was transferred to the crown to be managed by Parks Victoria.
Big Tree (as it was in 2009)
Need to Know
Length: 1.5 km
Time: 40 min
Region: South-Western Victoria
Park: Great Otway National Park
Closest Town: Lavers Hill (5 km)
Car Access: The turn-off to Melba Gully is 3 km west of Lavers Hill on the Great Ocean Road and is well signed. Follow this road for 1.5 km to the Melba Gully Carpark
Map: No map is required but there is a map in Parks Victoria’s Melba Gully Park Note.
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