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Melville Caves

Discussion in 'Roads, Touring, Journeys, and Travel' at netrider.net.au started by mattb, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. While out riding yesterday, I happened across some caves that would make a great ride destination for people.

    I left the city via Citylink to Lancefield, up the Burke and Wills Track to Mia Mia, Sutton Grange, Gold Point, Castelmaine, to Maldon, where I rode up Mount Tarrengower. Of course Melbourne to Maldon is just over an hour if you take the Calder Freeway.

    My aim was to explore back roads from there in a rough circle west to Dunolly and north to Bridgewater, beginning at Bishops Hill Rd off Bridgewater-Maldon Rd. These are wonderful strips of tar: empty, both narrow and wide, straight and sweeping. At an easy pace you'll have no trouble with the gravel in the corners. At Rheola I was about to continue north-west to Inglewood when I saw a sign pointing to caves. Six kms on I wound my way up Kooyoora National Park to the summit. Yesterday it was a lonely place, but noisy with a million insects floating in the heat. I wandered about and found the mouth of the Melville Caves, which are gaps in the granite. The bushranger ‘Captain Melville’ allegedly used them as a post in the 1850s. I won’t say too much, and these pictures from my cheap camera convey little of the Egyption proportions of the granite, but it’s an exciting ride destination. Being on my own, I also found it a little eery (which, to complicate the feeling, evoked my boyhood dream of being Indiana Jones).

    The entrance to the cave (I am there so you can gauge the dimensions)
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    From within the first, upper part of the cave.
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    The ceiling at the lower end
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    A photo with the Flash
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    There looks to be very good camping facilities, and I would assume there’s water but you’d best check – it was a thirsty place! The roads are well worth exploring in this area, many of them sealed (I took sealed roads only) and the caves add excitement to the ride.

    Matt

    [Edit: There are more pictures in the blog linked below]
     
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  2. Lucky you having the place to yourself, Melville caves are a popular destination during the holidays and weekend, usually the place is swarming with people.

    It is a good camping destination, just try to get there when it's quieter.
     
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  3. Yeah I remember going there as a kid and pretending that we were the cast from Skippy! Amazing what can be found if we look.
     
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  4. so this isnt far from me yet ive never heard of it lol doh.
    Thanks for the heads up Mattb!
     
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  5. And check out the armour (tanks) parked in Moliagul on the way. That is if the guy still has them.
     
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  6. Guna check this one out on Sunday if anyone wants to come with us let me know ;)
     
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