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.