Bunjil Reserve circuit, Panton Hill

A walk from Eltham and Environs Walking Group.

Walk Description

From the Eltham Environs Walking Group, walk 34M

Commences at the car park opposite Panton Hill Living and Learning Centre, Bishops Rd. Walk about 100m along Bishops Rd to a T intersection. Turn left here, to enter Bunjil Reserve. The entrance is between properties with the numbers 15 and 21. A path of varying width winds through the northwestern section of the Reserve. After about 25 minutes walking, tracking initially southeast, then west, a dam might be noted on the right during a short steep pinch. At the top of this rise, and just beyond Chinaman’s Gully, is Rodger Rd. Rather than walk along the road, turn left onto a narrow track; a star picket fence set about 10m back from the road separates the road from the track. After walking a few minutes on this track, a substantial track enters from the right.

At this juncture, these are two options, the first longer than the second:

  1. Veer left. Chinaman’s Gully is crossed almost immediately, after which the track climbs steadily. A relatively steep descent follows, at the bottom of which a second track with a series of steps enters from the right; pass this. Almost immediately Long Gully Creek needs to be crossed; after wet weather, this area is muddy, but negotiable. A short walk between old mine shafts leads to Long Gully Rd. Turn left here, and after walking 800m along the road, turn left into Bakehouse Rd. Follow Bakehouse Rd for 1.9km, at which point the road divides. The left branch is Merritts Rd; follow this, turning left at the Memorial pavilion on the left, to return to the cars.
  2. Turn right, and follow the track up to rejoin Rodger Road. Rather than walk onto the road, continue on the track, which initially tracks along the ridge, then descends steeply to Chinaman’s Gully. The descent is via a path with star picket railings on either side. At the bottom of the steps, turn left. The track is initially steep, but then less so in a further crossing of Chinaman’s Gully. At the T junction, turn right onto the track located just below Rodger Road. After passing the point where the track meets Rodger Road, return to the cars on the track used at the beginning of this walk.

ª Bunjil means ‘Wedgetail Eagle’

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