S and I go for walks regularly and on occasion go to places that are not well known. There are lots of historical sites locally and most of them are maintained by the local civic authority. We are lucky as it provides a chance to apply “social distancing” in the outdoors and get some fresh air. We are fortunate not to be totally locked down by CV-19 as yet, so we will go to these less used places as long as we can for our own well being and walking the dog. It is rare to run into someone else on this particular trail but it does happen.

Munro’s Tramway is an old rail line that was used to haul timber near the beginning of the 1900’s. A local sawmill operator needed something better than horses to haul the massive loads to and from the sawmill. He went to America to purchase a locomotive and had it shipped to Australia and assembled by his workers. The entire route was about 26 kilometers in length. More history can be obtained here; https://munrotramway.wixsite.com/mthg. The website is a little old but has relevent information.

Once logging was discontinued, the rail line was mothballed and the tracks removed. All that can be seen now is a path that is maintained by the local authority. See; http://www.tr.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-gardens/parks-by-location/palmtree-munro-tramway-historical-route. The main part of the walk is about 1.6 kilometers long and has mostly gentle slopes except where the bridge used to be. The public path has some great information panels spaced along the track and various seating, an observation platform and a picnic table.

The views are mostly limited as you are surrounded by trees but you do get to hear and see a large variety of bird life as you walk. On our last walk, the air was filled with butterflys and we also kept an eye out for the local spider population.

Ada had the best time finding all the new smells along the track and came back a little tired which was a bonus. Dogs are easily pleased and take such joy from the simple pleasure of a walk in the bush.

The Tramway is accessed via Hampton and is near the Ravensbourne National park.

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