- The River Yarra winds through the foothills of the town of Warrandyte on its journey to the sea, passing through the Warrandyte State Park. Once mined for gold, the area now attracts Melburnians in their thousands trying to beat the heat in the summer months. Being only 24 kilometres from the city, it is one of the rare natural bush areas that can be found in the metropolitan area.During the gold rush the river was diverted under the mountain at Pound Bend so that the river could be sluiced for gold. Pound Bend, Black Flat and Jumping Creek Reserves offer good nature walks and picnic areas, and you can pick up pamphlets showing points of interest from Warrandyte's community centre (corner of Yarra and Webb Streets).
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