Sunday, July 20, 2008
1000 Steps (MEL)
The 1000 Steps (Kokoda Track Memorial Walk) is a walk through dense cool temperature rainforest that's not to be missed. It was created to memorialize the original Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea which is most famous as the location of the World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942.
As if by design, the hike starts up on a gently rising trail allowing you time to get your hiking legs in gear.
Out of nowhere, you are then faced with the steps. They can be a little slippery when wet.
Here come the steps
When the say 1000 steps, they mean it (800+ I lose count after a while). There are a few benches to rest along the way, so keep going!
Are we there yet?
The numerous plaques along the way prove educational, and allow you to sneak in a breather whilst pretending to read cross-eyed and doubled-over.
The 1000 steps is a great place to bird watch. Listening to the calls and trying to spot the birds help me forget my lungs are about to burst. The Superb Lyrebird is the most famous bird in the area - it figures that the one time I've managed to spot one just metres off the steps, is the one time that the batteries in the camera were flat. I apologize for the picture quality below, the camera needs a better photographer...
The giant playground at the start of the trail is a great place to let the kids run off a little more steam.
Currently closed for work, it should re-open sometime in August 2008. Visit Parks Victoria's page for more information. The park is very popular, even on weekdays be prepared to drive up to a full car park. After the walk, it's a short drive up to Olinda to reward yourself with some tea and scones.