Walking to the Farmyard
The Cathedral Range is a 7km ridge of upturned sandstone on the Maroondah Highway between the Black Spur and Buxton and about 100km northeast of Melbourne.
There are many short walks through this range although most of are parts of a circuit track which travels up the eastern side of the range and then along the ridge at the top to either Cathedral Peak and the Sugarloaf.
We took the short one hour track up the Jawbone Track to the Farmyard. It took just a little longer than an hour for us unfit people with our packs to climb to the top. Once there, we found a camping area in a saddle with water available from a small steam a little below the camping area.
The area is known as the farmyard because there are a family of lyrebirds who imitate the sounds of farm animals that they can hear from the valley below. They are an example of how these birds develop a local ‘language’ and pass the sounds down to their young. We watched a group of six lyrebirds fossicking around in the bush for an hour or so until it began to rain and it was time to cook dinner.
It rained steadily throughout the night and we were pleased that we only had a relatively short walk back down the same track to the car.