What is significant?
Barbour's tramway and log chute, constructed around 1856, removed logs from the Mount Macedon plateau down to Robert Barbour's Black Forest Sawmill. The tramway brought logs to the head of a chute above the mill. The site's tramway formation includes a substantial cutting and embankment, and a well defined chute impression extending about 500 metres down the mountain.
How is it significant?
Barbour's tramway and log chute is of historical and scientific significance to the State of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
Barbour's tramway and log chute is historically and scientifically important as an early, well preserved and innovative response to the challenge of moving logs over steep terrain. The logging system is a rare example in Victoria of a tramway used in combination with a log chute. The site incorporates the oldest known log chute in Victoria and one of the oldest extant sections of tramway in Victoria.