Tunnel marked in most Melway's. Carved through rock.
The Yarra goes through it.
Pound Bend Reserve
The Pound Bend Reserve is popular in summer. There are grassy areas for picnicking,
a walking track along the river which supplies access to koalas and a variety of flora,
toilets (including disabled facilities), information boards, canoeing, swimming and
horseriding opportunities and a nature walk. The Pound Bend Tunnel was created in 1870
by a goldmining company in order to divert the course of the Yarra River, thereby enabling
the exploitation of the old riverbed. It is now a popular swimming spot.
Pound Road is a signposted surfaced road which heads north off Warrandyte Road
(which, in turn, heads west from Warrandyte to Templestowe). The entry gates to this site
are closed of an evening (times are posted on the park entrance signs).
In here ...
and out here
The tunnel was built to change the course of the river bed exposed for the gold dredging. Miners in the 1900's dredged for gold in the river bed. The tunnel was constructed back in 1870 by a company called "Evelyn Tunnel Gold Mining Co.
The miners dug the Pound Bend Tunnel approximately 195 meters long, 5m wide and 3-4 meters deep.
For some historical shots, have a look at
Something about Warrandyte
Although you could walk through it, I think the real challenge is to paddle the tunnel.
Watch out for the drop off as you come out the end.