Petty's Orchard to Templestowe Hill Climb Walk

The fog was lying low on the morning we set out on this walk from Petty's Orchard.Pettys OrchardWe turned right at the path out the back  and followed the Main Yarra Trail along the Yarra River.
Pettys Orchard
Tikalara ParkAt Tikalara Park, we stopped to view the meeting point of the Yarra River and Mullum Mullum Creek, Tikalara meaning 'Spirit of the Place'.
Tikalara Park
The buzzing of the power lines had us quicken our pace a little. Bzzzzzzt. Bzzzzzt.
Templestowe Hill Climb
The Mullum Mullum Creek Linear Trail continues past the picnic area and wetlands, but we crossed the road and climbed a hill....
Templestowe Hill Climb


Templestowe Hill Climb...and not just any old hill - this was the mother of all hills.
The Templestowe Hill Climb Circuit was once the steepest bitumen road in Australia and the site of a regular car race until 1987.
Templestowe Hill Climb
The 969m road climbed. And climbed. And climbed. Our phone showed a gradient of 25 degrees at 'The Wall'. 
My lungs and legs would say it was higher than that.
Templestowe Hill Climb


Templestowe Hill Climb
Templestowe Hill Climb
Templestowe Hill Climb
Templestowe Hill Climb
I was hoping there was a rope attached to this old winch, that I could hook myself up to and get dragged up the rest of the hill, but sadly, there wasn't. My little legs were pretty chuffed to reach the end of the climb and I have to admit, it was exhilarating walking the track - imagine the thrill of racing up there in a old car!
Templestowe Hill Climb


Templestowe Hill ClimbTemplestowe Hill Climb
The terrain varied, from gravel track, to wooden boardwalks, to paved footpaths. Mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos were all along the grasslands and 
amongst the trees. Like most walks we do, this was about 5km and took an *hour or so. 
*possibly more if you consider how many times I stop and take photos and post them online. Oops.
Templestowe Hill ClimbTemplestowe Hill Climb


Templestowe Hill Climb
If anyone wants me, I'll just be catching my breath on the grass with this guy.
Pettys Orchard
Where:Templestowe
When: Daily
Why: walks, wildlife
How Much: FREE
Nearby: Petty's to Fitzsimons Lane Walk













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