A walk from Eltham and Environs Walking Group.
Commences at the One Tree Hill Reserve car park. The turn-off for this car park is very difficult to discern from the main Eltham-Yarra Glen Rd. The turn-off is on the left, and is located 0.7km beyond the Simpsons Rd turn into Sugarloaf Reservoir. Look for a break in the double lines immediately before a triangular ‘Watch for Wildlife’ sign. Note that the car park itself is not sign-posted.
From the car park, follow the broad vehicular track, cross a ford and pass through a barrier gate. Follow Happy Valley Track for 1.7km.
At a T intersection with a sign ‘O’Sheas Track’ there are two options:
- Continue straight ahead. You will pass some old and current mine workings. After an ascent, a further barrier gate and roads are reached. Mine Shaft Rd is straight ahead, and two arms of the unsignposted One Tree Hill Rd (a very sharp corner) are on the right. Take the right turn nearest you that leads gently upwards. Walk to a point opposite property number 295, and turn right through the barrier gate. Walk along and then down Beardsell Track. Ignore the Rosella Track turn-off, and continue down to a T intersection. Turn right into O’Sheas Track. Continue down, keeping to the left until a further T intersection is reached. Turn left into Happy Valley Track, and follow this back to the cars.
- Turn right into O’Sheas Track. Keep walking uphill until Bearsell Track is reached. Turn left and walk uphill until a barrier gate is reached. Turn left into One Tree Hill Rd (not signposted). Walk down this road until it makes a sharp turn. At this point, turn left through the barrier gate back into the Reserve. Follow this path down, passing some mine workings on the right. This is Happy Valley Track, and will eventually take you back to the cars.