A fine two hour walk which loops around Smiths Gully Road and Rifle Range Road.
There is a lot of beautiful rural scenery along the roads. Once you reach the Warrandyte/Kinglake you enter bushland leaving all car traffic behind. Further on the clearing is a pleasant place to have lunch if you’re walking over the lunch period. The track up the hill to the right takes you to a serene pond, probably dug out for fire fighting purposes.
On the way home via Rifle Range Road you go past the beautiful Jansz Estate Vineyard and there are some lovely vistas to take in along the road. Meals are not available but you can buy wine. Probably best to call first and just drive there in your car once you get back to it.
The rural scenery continues until you reach your car, one last final climb up a short and a not too steep hill.
I managed to get a photo of a bee and thanks to Ken Walker from the museum it was identified as a Reed Bee, one of the 1700 native bee species in Australia. So called Reed Bees because they nest in the pithy stems of reed plants.
The scientific name is Exoneura. There will be more and more bees on the yellow flowers as the weather warms up.
Using the SHealth app that comes with the Samsung S5 a graph is generated of various statistics of your walk.
The photos were taken on different dates, the first walk on the 29th October and the second walk about a month later.