Emu Expedition….The Big Culvert

02 Dec


We left Wombat cottage for a days exploration, and headed down from the Upper Yarra mountain ranges, destination was the township of Healesville where we were expected for an Army reunion barbeque.

The road over the mountains down to Healesville is called The Black Spur and is a beautiful, if scary bitumanized road. Both sides are completely covered with the huge mountain ash trees and enormous ferns. The road has many twists and turns and one does not deviate over the recommended speed limit.One side of the road rises up into the beautiful mountain range whilst the other side is a veritable drop down into the valleys below, yet still a vast forest of massive trees and ferns.

We passed the historic remains of the old logging township of Carmbarville and approximately fifty metres later, at a sharp bend, saw a sign on the side of the road advertising a tourist attraction called The Big Culvert.My explorers instinct kicked in as I pulled over to the side,leaving Ana to take care of the car I took my camera and headed off into the ferns to find this Culvert.I was approximately 500 metres into the scrub when I came across it. It was well worth the trek,the culvert , after research told me it was built around the 1880s by a German settler named George Koehler, who operated a nearby pub.

The culvert was designed to convey the rushing mountain waters beneath the road to the gully and valleys below, it was obviously built prior to the road being bitumanized.

The culvert itself is a great masterpiece of stonemasonary, it runs for about 25 metres and the rockwork is beautifully laid as done in the olden days. The walls are moss covered and ferns growing off the walls are in abundance and a pleasure to see.

I took a few pictures for memory sake and proceeded to climb to the top back to the car.


The culvert is a tourist attraction but it was obvious that not many tourists make the effort to take the trek to see a beautiful piece of artwork from over 100 years ago, well worth my efforts and hope you enjoy the pictures.




Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Uncategorized


25 responses to “Emu Expedition….The Big Culvert

  1. gpcox

    January 9, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Yes, I did enjoy the pictures – well done!!

    • The Emu

      January 27, 2014 at 9:20 am

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment

      • gpcox

        January 27, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        Hope you feel much better, real soon.

  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    April 27, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Wow. You really make me want to get out more, Ian – to see Australia.

    I’d like to see Ayer’s Rock, actually, but it’s just a structure now, not so spiritual – or so I hear?

    You live life well, Ian. This sounds it was fantastic.

    • The Emu

      April 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      I agree with you Noeleen, I believe that Uluru is now more a tourist attraction than an Aboriginal spiritual site, sadly the Aborigine people have been taught by the white man how to turn this monolith into a money making venture, they sacrificed their spirituality for the money.
      I enjoy life Noeleen more than live life well, I like to travel and explore and get into all the places off the beaten track.

      • WordsFallFromMyEyes

        April 30, 2013 at 3:19 am

        I can so very much imagine you, off the beaten track 🙂

        • The Emu

          April 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm

          Good morning Noeleen, hope you are having a great start to Wednersday, yes, looking back over my travels I do seem to have ended up in many unusual places , from the Andes in South America to the highlands of Papua New Guinea and many places in between, seem to have been born with itchy feet.
          Wishing you well girl.

  3. Sue Dreamwalker

    December 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Yes there is some amazing stonemasonary around when we look back in time at how well they used to build bridges and arches etc Emu… My Dad was a great dry stone-waller who did alot in his spare time of rebuilding walls along farmers fields…
    When you consider the Viaducts built in the days before they had huge cranes to help them life the stone.. and no modern day scaffolding .. It makes you appreciate the craft of masonry even more..
    Thank you for this share Emu..

    • The Emu

      December 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Thanks for that great comment Sue, you gave me some info I never knew and that being the terminology of dry stone waller.
      You might remember recently my writing of stone Aboriginal walls my brother and I discovered early this year, well they are the same but appear to date back thousands of years, we think they were used as a race for herding kangaroos, cant post those pics just yet as we have to go through government departments on archaeology even though we found them and are the first to see them over thousands of years.
      So the idea of stone walling appears to have other reasons apart from enclosing fields.

  4. suemacarthur

    December 5, 2012 at 2:17 am

    wonderful pics Ian
    you and Ana had a great time by the look of them
    Take care my friend

    • The Emu

      December 5, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Certainly did my dear friend Sue and will be returning in the new year, I had forgotten the thrill of mountain stream trout fishing and gave it ago for old times sake, and found I still had the knack , bagged two beautiful rainbow trout, ate one and ones still in the fridge.

      • suemacarthur

        December 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

        sound so good Ian

        • The Emu

          December 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

          Thanks Sue, keep well girl.

  5. Doris

    December 4, 2012 at 1:01 am

    beautiful pictures Emu,

    • The Emu

      December 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Great to hear from you Doris and thanks for the compliments on my efforts at photography.
      Wishing you a great Christmas season and hope you are surrounded by loved ones with lots of love and happiness.

  6. Colline

    December 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Enjoyed your pictures Emu. My favourite is the last one. I can almost sense the dampness and feel the cool air while peeking in.

    • The Emu

      December 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Colline, lovely to hear from you,you captured the feeling in the picture exactly as I felt it when photographing it.
      It was very damp down there and very cold but a beautiful calming place.
      Do hope you are well and wish you much happiness.

      • Colline

        December 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

        I have not seen you for a while Emu. I think I have missed some of your posts? Hope you are well too – always interesting to hear of your news down under.

        • The Emu

          December 5, 2012 at 9:31 am

          Hi Colline, yes I am still here floating around the net, doing some travelling and writing stories as I go, as for Down under here, we are starting to have hot days which means a very hot summer with temperatures in the high 40s, I can handle the heat okay but it forewarns the dreaded bushfire season which we always experience, do hope you are well girl and wish you a beautiful Christmas and lots of love and happiness, also lots of pressies off Santa for being a good girl.

          • Colline

            December 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

            You enjoy your Christmas too – hope you get to spend lots of time with your loved ones 🙂

          • The Emu

            December 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

            Thanks Colline , and the same to you Princess

  7. giselzitrone

    December 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Schöne Bilder.Gruss und eine gute Woche Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      December 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Good morning Gislinde, hope you are having an enjoyable week.
      Christmas is nearly upon us so will wish you a beautiful Christmas now.
      Take care.

  8. prenin

    December 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

    An interesting piece of engineering Ian! 🙂

    Amazing how well these things are made to last!!!

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      December 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Craftsmen from olden days, you can see the skills in their work when you realize it was built to stand for hundreds of years.


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