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Strath Valley -- full of hidden surprises

For a town so close to Melbourne, Strath Creek is situated amazingly in its own peaceful little valley, many kilometres from the nearest population centres. The lonely hamlet is  34 km from Seymour; 30 km from Yea and  18 km from Broadford, lending itself to thoughts of 'the outback on your doorstep'.

The store is the hub of the town supplying essential goods and services to the locals and refreshments, take-aways and snacks to passing tourists.

It also has local maps of Mount Disappointment and Tallarook State Forests to find your way into any number of wonderful places out of sight of the main road including Strath Creek Falls, Mount Disappointment, The Old Seymour Reservoir, Mount Hickey, Horan's Track and Warragul Rocks.

The Hume & Hovell Cricket ground, situated on the aptly named 'Bill Woodfull Creek'  is a privately owned, operated and maintained park a few kilometres out of Strath Creek.

The cricket ground is in a beautiful setting amongst the rolling hills of the Strath Creek Valley. There are excellent visitor facilities in the pavillion.

Hidden deep within the Tallarook State Forest is the Old Seymour Reservoir -- a water storage dam constructed in the 1890s.

The now disused reservoir offers a peaceful environment; ideal for a few hours relaxation and a picnic. The original stone wall, constructed from material extracted from a quarry just below the wall can easily be seen. Access is by 4WD track or by gravel forest roads and a 1.5 kilometre walk. To visit the reservoir obtain a copy of Rooftop's Tallarook Forest Activities Map, available from the Strath Creek general Store.

Travel Tip 1

Stop at Strath Creek General Store. Buy a cup of coffee or other refreshment of your choice and sit on the shop verandah to soak up some peaceful country atmosphere.

While sitting at the store and looking across to the rolling hills opposite, you may be forgiven for thinking that you have discovered the wonderful valley where very few tourists have been before you; however, in reality, Strath Creek was visited by one of Victoria's earliest group of tourists. In 1824 explorers Hume and Hovell and their party passed through the valley on their way from Sydney to Port Phillip. The information board at the monument beside the Broadford Road tells of their hazardous experience in trying to find a passage across Mount Disappointment.

Since then, passers by have enjoyed the many attractions of the valley and surrounding hills.

Travel Tip 2

The ranges surrounding Strath Creek offer outstanding views. Some of the best views can be obtained from Murchison Gap on the main Strath Creek to Broadford Road.

This view is on Horan's Track, opposite Murchison Spur Road. Travel a few kilometres along either of these gravel roads (from the top of Murchison's Gap to the forest edge) and you will be rewarded with some awesome scenery.

Strath Creek township is where the two thin tree lines meet in the centre-right of the picture. These tree lines represent King Parrot Creek (top) and Strath Creek (bottom).

Copyright - Photos by Luke Steenhuis, A.B.C. Maps

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