Grid Reference CU 588496
Department DEPI
Work Depot King Lake
Region North East
Grading ?
Elevation (ASL) ?
Height 25m
Construction Timber
Cabin size ?
Public access to site Yes
In use since 1942 - 19??
CFA Region 12 - North Eastern
Photo (1956) supplied by the Melbourne Walking Cub via Robin Bailey and used with permission.

This historic tower was surveyed by the Historic Places section in 1989.
The lookout consist of a stringy bark tree about 25m high with 12.5mm spikes driven into it to form a "ladder". There are the remains of a platform at the top of the trunk as well as several guy wires still attached to the top of the tree.
The survey noted it both as "rare" and "essentially intact". The tower was one of a number built by the Forest Commission in 1942. Had this tower existed in 1939, it is almost certain that both the origin of the first large fire at Kinglake and the first death-site at Toolangi could have been seen from the platform of the tower because of the topography and short distance between all three sites.
Above information supplied by the Historic Places section of DEPI.

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1956, also supplied
by Melbourne Walking Club
The now empty site
Supplied by Paul Jones

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