Mount Juliet Cairn near Fernshaw, Yarra Ranges NP, Victoria.
Rollieflex SL66, Fuji Velvia film, 1995.
© Ern Mainka
‘Listed on the Register of the National Estate. The Mount Juliet Cairn is associated with the first Victorian Geodetic Survey conducted between 1858 and 1872 which was an important phase in the settlement of Victoria. The Cairn is a rare surviving example demonstrating the skills of the first Victorian survey teams.’
‘The magnificent natural setting, the sense of isolation it provides and the remarkable cairn on Mount Juliet is highly valued by bushwalkers for the experience the area bestows.’
‘The cairn is 18 feet (5.5 metres high) and 15 feet (4.6 metres) in diameter at the base. Mt Juliet is approximately 1,600 metres high, one of the highest mountains in this area, although Mountain Ash regrowth at the summit currently restricts the view of the surrounding hills. According to George Start, the cleared area around the cairn was visible from the fire tower on Mt St Leonard during the 1950s, but the regrowth of Mountain Ash following the 1939 fires has now reached a height that obscures the summit and views from the summit.’
The walking track to the summit is still accessible. It is maintained by Melbourne Water however it is a very arduous, steep track and was not clearly defined toward the top when we climbed it in 1995.