Anakie Gorge, near Geelong.

About to begin a walk through Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. I had just taken the boys to the paintball place a few kilometres from Anakie Gorge for Samuel's birthday, and I had about three hours before I had to pick them up again. So this walk was alone. I had to be a bit more careful than usual. January 2017.

The picnic area near the toilets. This area and the first part of the path are level one; then though the path remains smooth it gets too steep and becomes level 2.

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Track grading system:

  • Level 1 - Suitable for manual wheelchairs, and small wheel indoor style electric mobility scooters.
  • Level 2 - Suitable for medium wheel size more powerful electric mobility scooters.
  • Level 3 - Suitable for dual purpose, all terrain electric mobility scooters.
  • Level 4 - Suitable for serious off-road, four wheel drive mobility scooters.
  • Level 5 - Suitable for serious off-road, four wheel drive mobility scooters in difficult, arduous conditions.

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The first of the stepping stones, Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The path at Anakie Gorge crosses the normally dry creek bed four times, using large stepping stones as the crossing. The Overlander can't really go over the stepping stones, so there needs to be another way. This first one was easy - there is a path to the right of the stepping stones and the Overlander made light work of getting through. January 2017.

This is as far as level 2 goes; this requires at least a level 3 all terrain style electric wheelchair/ mobility scooter to get across the dry creek bed.

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The second lot of stepping stones wasn't so easy, Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. This lot of stepping stones was much more of a challenge! There was no obvious path so I ended up getting out and finding a way through the rocks and walking the Overlander across. But on the way back I found I didn't really need to get out and rode across. Doing this sort of thing makes you realise that the capabilities of the Overlander by Terrain Hopper are just awesome! January 2017.

This is definitely Level 5 stuff. The vertical drop at the stone wall on the other side requires very careful negotiation, even in an Overlander 4Z! I got out of the Overlander and walked it down into the creek bed. Once in the creek bed it was pretty straightforward, but still Level 4.

There's a challenge for Parks Victoria here. Come on guys, this is not giving the less abled in the community fair access! By all means use the stepping stones for those able to use them, but a simple path alongside them opens the Gorge up to many more people. Without a serious four wheel drive off-road wheelchair, this is as far as a person with a walking limitation can go. Even people who can do some walking, like older people, find the stepping stones intimidating and won't be able to go any further. Come on, Parks Victoria, this needs to be better!

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Plaque detailing the water tunnel, Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The guys that built this tunnel were tough guys! With very basic equipment they hewed a tunnel and installed a pipe through the hill to give Geelong a water supply 150 years ago. The mouth of the tunnel was dark and shadowed and didn't photograph well. The other end of the tunnel is in the next pic. January 2017.

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Mouth of the water tunnel, Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Just looking at the beginning of the tunnel shows you how difficult the job was. Very constricted space, hard granite rock...it wasn't an easy life! January 2017.

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The third lot of stepping stones was straightforward, Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Very straightforward. Just follow the path that some walkers had made to the right of the stepping stones. January 2017.

Straightforward, but still Level 3. Narrower all terrain wheelchairs need to be careful of tipping sideways, especially when going down into the creek bed.

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Another challenging crossing, Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Impossible to cross the stepping stones here, and again, no obvious path. I went to the left of the stones and walked the Overlander down into the creek bed. I drove it through the rest of the way and came out near the tree on the opposite side. On the way back I just drove through. This machine is awesome! January 2017.

Level 5. Quite a difficult crossing, with a steep downslope into the creek bed. Even with the Overlander, which is very capable, I proceeded with caution.

Again, the challenge is to Parks Victoria, to give much better access for people with walking limitations of some sort. Don't make it bland; just make it possible.

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Weir, Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The weir was part of the same water supply system as the tunnel. There are stepping stones here too, but the people seem to have ignored them and formed their own path. This was as far as I have ever walked this path in the past. Everything from here was new ground. I just delight in the freedom the Overlander gives me! January 2017.

The track to the weir was getting steeper and more broken. At least Level 3. The weir itself was fairly straightforward, also Level 3.

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Path, Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. This pic gives you a pretty good idea of the path through the Gorge. Some parts were rougher, more broken up, and steeper. Some parts were neat and smooth. January 2017.

Once past the weir the track becomes steeper in places and quite a bit rougher and more broken up in some paces. There are steep drop offs to the side. At least Level 3

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The end of the path, Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. This is as far as I went. The Ted Errey Nature Circuit goes for about 8 kms and I needed to pick the boys up so there was not enough time. Besides, it is quite steep and challenging in parts and I didn't want to tackle it on my own. Not yet, anyway! I chatted briefly with a couple of young ladies going through to the Stoney Creek Picnic Area. I decided to head back because of time constraints. When I met them again back at the Anakie Gorge Picnic Area they said that the last kilometre and a half was actually pretty easy.

I went up to the explanatory plaque for the Ted Errey walk. It was quite a steep climb, but the Overlander was not troubled doing it. This thing is amazing! January 2017.

The steep climb to the plaque at the beginning of the Ted Errey walk is a Level 4.

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Koala, Anakie Gorge, in the Brisbane Ranges, north of Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Just kicking back having my lunch back at the picnic area and a full size adult koala strides across the carpark. I scrambled to get the camera to get this shot. I got some video, too, but you'll have wait for that! January 2017.

This whole picnic area is Level 1, though the path into it might be a little steep for someone in a manual wheelchair.

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