Glynn's Reserve is part of the Warrandyte State Park and was formerly a farm. The farm was taken over by Parks Victoria in 1971. Prior to this takeover the Glynn family lived there for two generations. Their daughter Anna has written and spoken movingly about the impact of growing up here, on the farm, surrounded by kangaroos and birds and with the Yarra River coursing around the land on three sides. An idyllic life. She has written and talked about her early life on this farm and you can hear her as well as viewing some of her paintings at: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/sundayfeature/yarra-river-stories/5105558
Anna is now a well established multi-media artist. Painting, drawing, photography, music, sound, film making, digital animation. She has travelled widely and collaborated with other artists, especially in China.
The river passes the bottom of the 190 metre long Pound Bend Tunnel, constructed in 1870 by the Evelyn Mining Company. The company was formed by David Mitchell, father of Nellie Melba. The idea was to divert water through the tunnel and then mine the five kilometres of blocked off river bed for alluvial gold. It proved to be financially unviable. The money raised from the enterprise was about the same as the cost of construction. Warrandyte is the locale where gold was first discovered in Victoria by Louis Michel in 1851.
Along the river there is a spectacular cliff face where the rock stratum is at an angle of about 45 degrees.
There is a reasonably large mob of kangaroos, along with quite a variety of bird life, and the occasional wandering echidna amidst the beautiful eucalypts and golden winter wattles.
The area across the river is the site of the final corroboree, in 1851, of the Wurundjeri tribe of the Kulin Nation, traditional owners of this part of the country.