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Steps carved into rock plus two stone slabs for a bridge over a deep narrow crevice plus unique posts for a long-gone handrail.

Steps carved into rock plus two stone slabs for a bridge over a deep narrow crevice plus unique posts for a long-gone handrail.

Stone steps on one of the track sections I found 18 months ago.

Stone steps on one of the track sections I found 18 months ago.

There are eight stone steps in this picture on the track leading to

There are eight stone steps in this picture on the track leading to "Stirrup Lookout".

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The "stirrup" poles that once held a handrail.

Mystery box!

Mystery box!

Old tracks found at Mount York

Saturday 5 July 2014

About 18 months ago I explored Mount York for a Coxs Road project that I was assisting with. Between the main lookout and Coxs Road I discovered a complex system of short paths to "lookout" points on four rocky points. I took some compass bearings and estimated distances and later drew a rough map. One spot I dubbed "Ant Lookout" as I was about to sit down for morning tea when I noticed lots of ants crawling everywhere. The third lookout point I called Bushy Lookout as bushes prevented access to the edge. There was another path further along that used to have a direct connection to the car park. This track has a number of stone steps.

A couple of months ago I was on a historical society excursion that called briefly at Mount York. I noticed a benched track formation near one of the lookouts. It was clear to see because last October's fire had burned through the area.

I returned with a friend last Tuesday to see where this track went and to follow up on advice given to me that there were more tracks.

We started by revisiting what I had previously found. The stone steps were quite plain to see because of the intensity of the fire. Also the bushes at "Bushy LO" were scorched by the fire and were dead so it was easy to push through to a rock sticking up beyond them. Wayne spotted four steps carved into this rock.

Further along we found the remains of an old square water tank. There are lots of these "ships tanks" around Mount Victoria!

Next, we followed the track that I had seen on the bus trip. This wound around to end on a flat rock with a State Survey Mark embedded in it. Great views but unfenced.

After morning tea we continued searching and stumbled across another section of benched track. It took us a while to find the stone steps below this because of an obscure area. Then off in the distance Wayne spotted two metal poles on the big rock at the cliff edge. The track followed a ledge beside one big rocky outcrop then down three steps carved in the rock and crossed a deep but narrow crevice on two stone slabs. The poles used to support a handrail here. The top of each pole has a stirrup-like shape so I'm calling this spot "Stirrup Lookout" for the time being.

The views of the Hartley Valley and beyond were fantastic. Again there was no sign of there ever having been a fence.

We searched further along but all we found was a mystery steel box! When we prised the top open what do you think was inside?

I still have a feeling there is a track we have not found yet.

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