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These pix were taken on August 10, 2012, a very cold, rainy and bleak day.
They show the scenery and environment in the small community of Britannia Creek, Wesburn, 73 km east of Melbourne.
The area is of historial interest, as the first timber mills were set up there in 1889, with logs being cut from the adjacent slopes of Mts Tugwell, Bride, Littlejoe, and Myrtalia.
A large chemical Distilling Works and Sawmill operated from 1913 until its closure in 1930. This was located on the Britannia Creek Rd, opposite the present-day Britannia Creek Camping Park (also known as Guide Camp).
In the early 1900s, a bustling community had evolved at Britannia Creek to support the timber industry, including a school, church, and hall.
By 1919, most of the timber had been cut down - serious bushfires in 1920 destroyed most of the surviving mills, timber tramways, and houses in the district. Fires in 1932 destroyed the hall.
An industrial facility now occupies the site of the former distilling works and some of the original buildings remain, derelict and crumbling.
The district is dominated by the Britannia Park Campsite, owned and operated by Girl Guides Victoria, which appoints Managers.
This is set on 18 Hectares in tranquil valley adjacent to the Yarra Ranges National Park. Girl Guides Victoria purchased the first 6.6 hectares of land in July 1938. Accommodation buildings Guide House and Brownie Cottage were constructed circa 1910. Thank You Chalet was completed in 1971, Broadhurst Lodge was opened in 1985.
BP Hut and Canobbio are large separate buildings suitable for activities, dining room and emergencies sleep areas for outdoor campers. Giraffe Kitchen, Patanga and Barfus are buildings available for outdoor campers to use and have camping equipment for their use. All buildings and campsites are linked by roads suitable for Emergency Service Vehicle access.
The Park is bounded by Guide House Rd, Tarrango Rd and Neighbours on Bundaleer Rd.
The Camp is available for use by members of the public, and is popular during the summer months.
Tall trees are on the site, believed to date back over 120 years.
Nearby, the Britannia Creek Weir and Falls are reached by a rough foot-track off Britannia Creek Rd. Sadly, the track was impassable due to recent heavy rains.
article published 8/10/2012