Hunt’s Track at Koorarawalyee

Hunts Track in the Boorabbin area has largely been lost. And where its course is known there is a reluctance by historians to give publicity to that fact for fear of damage to the track and 'souveniring' of artefacts.

We were at Koorarawalye to refurbish Hunt's Well and the nearby system of harvest walls that feed water into the Koora Dam. Anna Killigrew, owner of Koora Retreat and a 'Hunt Historian', requested that we open up a 300 metre section of Hunt's Track from the rock where Hunt's Well is situated to the Koora Retreat. How closely the marked route followed Hunt's Track is anybody's guess but it did provide a pathway for guests at the Koora Retreat to get to Hunt's Well at Quardagin Rock.

The track before clearing.

The track before clearing.

Scott worked the chainsaw and the others cleared away the debris.

Scott worked the chainsaw and the others cleared away the debris.

Partly cleared track.

Partly cleared track.

Mostly acacias

Mostly acacias

Graham shifting saplings.

Graham shifting saplings.

Scott, Graham, Ross and Greg  took on the task of opening out the track for 300 metres from the rock towards Koora Retreat.

The clearing started at what seemed like an unlikely pace. However, the temperature was in only the mid 20s and the vegetation was light.

Peter, in his mobile workshop, was flat out trying to keep up sharpening the chains on the chainsaws. Although the initial suggestion was for the track to be about two metres wide we pushed it out to vehicle width, making it easier to transport people and tools.

 

Graham, Ross and Greg on a section of cleared track.

Graham, Ross and Greg on a section of cleared track.

Scott's team finished the track by mid afternoon and swung over to help the team working on clearing the well and the harvest walls.

Recreating the 20 kilometres of Hunt's Track between Yerdanie Rock and Gnarlbine Rock is a bigger challenge.